China supported construction of gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan (Video)
XIANG SIU, EXCLUSIVELY FOR AZERI DAILY
China has decided to support the European Union in the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline. A consortium of EU and PRC companies expressed their readiness to implement a high-profile project that could change the position of countries whose borders include the Caspian Sea basin.
Recall, the planned underwater gas pipeline should connect the city of Turkmenbashi in Turkmenistan with Baku in Azerbaijan. According to some sources, it is also planned to connect a gas pipeline from Tengiz in Kazakhstan to the network and connect it to Turkmenbashi. This underwater gas pipeline provides for the transportation of natural gas from Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan through Azerbaijan to Turkey and Georgia and further to the countries-members of the European Union. This pipeline is also considered part of the expansion of the Southern Gas Transportation Corridor.
Note that last week, the governments of Russia and Iran, on the basis of environmental protection motives, opposed the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.
A consortium of European and Chinese companies, including Edison Technologies GmbH, MMEC Mannesmann GmbH, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions (EU), together with SINOPEC Engineering Group (China), expressed a desire to build 300 km of underwater gas pipeline. It provides for the supply of 30 billion cubic metres of gas annually for 30 years. This was announced after a meeting of representatives of the consortium with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on oil and gas Myratgeldi Meredov and adviser to the president of the country on oil and gas issues Yagshigeldy Kakaev.
As part of the project, in addition to laying the pipeline, the consortium is ready to design and build the necessary infrastructure, including gas treatment plants and compression stations. Also, companies will drill the required number of gas wells.
Europe will become the main client of gas that can go from Turkmenistan along a new potential route. It is interested in an alternative to Russian and Iranian gas, as it diversifies supplies, makes the EU less dependent on old suppliers and helps bring down prices.