Kazakhstan begins supply of gas to China
Gas export is carried out within the agreement between the governments of Kazakhstan and China which was concluded in 2007.
The national operator of JSC Kaztransgas has begun export of domestic gas to China.
The ceremony of start-up of the Kazakhstan gas from the Beyneu-Bozoy-Shymkent main gas pipeline in the transnational gas pipeline "Central Asia — China" has taken place in the Uniform dispatching center of the gas operator in Astana, BNews.kz reported.
"The agreement between the governments of Kazakhstan and China on cooperation and construction, operation of the Kazakhstan — China gas pipeline in 2007 has formed a basis of today's event. This gas pipeline has allowed to provide energy security of supply of gas to the south of our country at the expense of resources of the western fields. On this gas pipeline more than 7 billion cubes of gas for domestic market are already transported," the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Kanat Bozumbayev told.
According to him, more than 500 settlements of the country had an opportunity of gasification along a route of passing of the gas pipeline.
"At the same time construction of the Beyneu-Bozoy-Shymkent main gas pipeline has allowed to provide not only reliability of gas supply of domestic market of the country, but also has connected all strategically important gas pipelines of Kazakhstan in uniform system that provides flexibility and efficiency of management of gas supply and transportations of gas across the whole country," Bozumbayev added.
The chairman of the board of JSC KazMunaiGas (KMG) Sauat Mynbayev, the vice-president of KMG Kayrat Sharipbayev, the CEO of JSC Kaztransgas Rustam Suleymanov have participated in the ceremony.
During the ceremony by means of online communication with the Akbulak gas-measuring station located near Shymkent the start has been given to export of domestic gas to China.
As it was reported earlier, Kazakhstan and China have signed the contract on delivery of 5 billion cubic meters of the Kazakhstan gas.
The contract of purchase and sale is signed between JSC Kaztransgas and the PetroChina International Company Limited company. Fields in the west of Kazakhstan and also the available gas reserves from underground gas storages of Kaztransgas will become resource base. The place of intake of gas by the Chinese side has defined the border check-point of "Khorgos".
The export route of natural gas across the territory of Kazakhstan will make about 3 thousand km, more than 10 compressor stations will be involved in work.
The historical contract opening a new era of transit and export of domestic gas was preceded by huge work, as in respect of full technical reorganization of all gas transmission system of the country, and in respect of diplomatic management.
JSC Kaztransgas for record terms has realized the projects which have allowed to unite all main gas pipelines of the country in the uniform gas transmission system and to diversify the main gas routes. The most powerful compressor stations - Bosa, Karaozek and Akyrtobe are put into operation, installation on an osushka of gas is put in operation and the underground gas storage is reconstructed by Bosa.