July 16, 2010 / 3:11 AM / 8 years ago

Central Asia pipeline brings 2 bcm of gas to China

BEIJING, July 16 (Reuters) - A total of 2.009 billion cubic metres (bcm) of central Asian natural gas has been pumped to China as of July 15, state-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said in a company newspaper.

The gas passed through Uzbekistan, flowed to eastern China and powered the Shanghai Expo, the China Petroleum Daily reported.

Late last year, China and central Asian countries opened their first cross-border natural gas pipeline, which should be able to pump up to 40 bcm of gas per year to China by 2012-13. [ID:nLDE5BD0F2]

The pipeline runs nearly 2,000 km through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan before entering Chinese territory in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

CNPC plans to send 3 bcm of gas to China this year from the Amu Darya natural gas project it operates on the Amu Darya River in Turkmenistan.

It also plans to transport gas from other sources via the pipeline. (Reporting by Jim Bai and Aizhu Chen; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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