Central Asia–Russia pipeline to increase capacity

April 2009 Vol. 236 No. 4

(14 April 2009, Pipeline Asia) Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Alexey Miller has met with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbaev to discuss expanding the capacity of the 1,700 km Central Asia–Russia gas pipeline.

The proposed pipeline will transport natural gas from Turkmenistan to Russia via the Caspian coast of Kazakhstan.

Issues under discussion included reciprocal gas deliveries, the pipeline project execution and preparation of the documents required for expanding the pipeline’s design capacity to 30 Bcm.

Initially the pipeline was planned to deliver 10 Bcm/a of gas by 2009-2010, which was then to increase to 12 Bcm/a by 2012.

The Russian, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan governments entered an agreement to construct the pipeline in December 2007.