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Fourth line of gas pipeline from Uzbekistan to China rated at US$800m

21 January 2015

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Uzbekneftegaz rated the cost of the fourth line of the Uzbek part of Central Asia - China gas pipeline at US$800 million, RIA Novosti reported quoting representative of CNPC.

The source said that there are preliminary calculations of the project and its cost is rated at US$800 million. The construction of the fourth line will be started in the second half of 2015, the source added.

The source noted that length of new line will be about 200 km and it will be the shortest in the system of Central Asia - China gas pipeline. The fourth line will link existing gas pipeline infrastructure in Uzbekistan with constructed line in Tajikistan. New line of the Central Asia - China gas pipeline with the length of 1,00 km will pass through five states - Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China and help to increase its capacity up to 85 billion cubic meters.

Asia Trans Gas, joint venture between Uzbekneftegaz and CNPC, completed construction of the third line of the Uzbek part of the pipeline for US$2.2 billion in December 2014. The capacity of the third line is 25 billion cubic meters and length - 529 km. The third line will increase capacity of the pipeline to 55 billion cubic meters.

The construction of Central Asia - China gas pipeline started in July 2018. The first line was commissioned in December 2009. Currently, its total length is about 7,000 km. It passes via territories of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.