ASTANA – Kazakh national oil and gas company KazMunayGas and the Chinese oil and gas corporation CNPC launched on December 13 a new compressor station No.3 (SCS-3) on the Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline, which will increase the capacity of the gas pipeline and transport volume to 25 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas.

The new station of the pipeline is located near the village of Aisha Bibi in the Zhambyl region, southern Kazakhstan.

“We plan to export 2-2.5 billion cubic metres of Kazakh gas to China by the end of this year. In general, 5 billion cubic metres of Kazakh gas will be exported to China during the coming year,” JSC National Company KazMunayGaz Chairman Sauat Mynbayev said on December 13 during the official launch ceremony of the new compressor station of the Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline in on- line format.

According to Mynbayev, next year, the Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline will reach full capacity of 55 billion cubic metres of gas a year.

“During the nine years since the launch of the Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline, 200 billion cubic meters of Central Asian gas was transported via this pipeline to China,” Mynbayev said.