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Turkmenistan commissions pipeline able to supply gas to Europe

Thursday, December 24
Turkmenistan has commissioned the East-West gas pipeline that will be used for delivering Turkmen gas to Europe in the future, Trendís correspondent reported from Turkmenbashi.

The pipeline runs from Shatlyk gas compressor station in Mary province to Belek gas compressor station in Balkan province.

Turkmenistanís largest gas fields such as Galkynysh and Dovletabad are located in the Mary province.

The gas pipeline is meant to transport natural gas to the countryís other gas pipelines and to increase the volume and reliability of gas exports. It will enable the meeting of the gas demand of the countryís regions, as well as the construction and commission of tens of new industrial facilities, and ensure the development of leading sectors, primarily the electricity sphere.

Earlier, the European Commissionís Vice President for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, said that the EU expects to receive Turkmen gas in 2019. A working group consisting of deputy energy ministers from the EU, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey was created for this purpose in 2015.

The best route for delivering Turkmen gas to Europe would be a 300-kilometer long gas pipeline running through the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijani coasts by further connecting it to the Southern Gas Corridor gas pipelinesí system.

In this case, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey will play a significant transit role.

The length of the East-West pipeline is 773 kilometers, with a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters of gas.

The pipelineís construction has been carried out since May 2010 by Turkmengaz and Turkmennebitgazgurlushyk (Turkmenneftegazstroy) state concerns. Foreign companies were also involved in the contract work. The approximate cost of the pipelineís construction is $2.5 billion.

Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves. The Galkynysh field, the gas from which will be transported via the East-West pipeline has 21.2 trillion cubic meters of gas reserve.

It is the second largest field in the world after the South Pars field in Iran. The third stage of development started in mid-December. (