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China agrees new gas pipeline with Tajikistan

16th September 2013

The 400 km and 25-30 bcm per year gas pipeline will run from Turkmenistan to China through Tajikistan

The gas pipeline will run for more than 400 km, crossing Tajikistan to supply China with 25-30 billion cubic metres per year

China and Tajikistan have agreed a deal for a new gas pipeline through the country. The pipeline will be used to transport gas from neighbouring Turkmenistan to China via neighbouring Tajikistan, drawing billions into the country’s economy.

 

President Xi Jinping of China and Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan met at a regional security conference held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. At the conference, both countries agreed a deal to build a new gas pipeline through Tajikistan.

 

The pipeline will carry gas from energy rich Turkmenistan to China via Tajikistan as part of a huge energy supply deal which will “attract more than USD 3bn of direct investments from China into the economy of Tajikistan," the press service of the Tajik president said.

 

The gas pipeline, due for completion in 2016, will run for more than 400 km, crossing Tajikistan to supply China with 25-30 billion cubic metres per year.

 

China has been expanding its presence in the former Soviet nations in Central Asia, agreeing deals that involve tapping into its large oil and gas resources. The pipeline deals made in recent months with these nations has been a demonstration of this.

 

In particular, China signed 22 agreements with Kazakhstan, costing a combined USD30bn, with some of the deals contributing to the Kazakhstan to China gas pipeline. One of those deals is a USD 5bn purchase of an 8.33 per cent stake in the Kashagan oil and gas field.