Putin: Turkmen gas line won't disrupt Russian-Chinese cooperation

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 -- Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the newly constructed Turkmen-Chinese natural gas pipeline—due to be tested in about 2 weeks—will not endanger energy cooperation between his country and China.

“We are aware of the Chinese gas needs and have close contact with our Chinese colleagues. We also offer to expand cooperation with them. We do not think that the prospective gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China will damage our plans,” the Russian leader said.

A framework agreement, spelling out terms of Russian gas supplies to China, was signed in October during Putin’s state visit to Beijing. The agreement signed was a follow-up to previous accords and it details the basic terms of the future contract.

Gas is to be delivered via two routes with 30 billion cu m to be sent through the western route and 38 billion cu m via the eastern route. Russian officials say the gas contract could be signed in June 2010, and that the first gas could be shipped in 2014-15.

Meanwhile, Putin’s remarks coincided with a report that the test launch of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline's first branch is scheduled for Dec. 15, according to an official of Uzbekistan’s state-owned Uzbekneftegaz.

“The dress-rehearsal of the launch of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline's first branch is scheduled for Dec. 15,” the source told the Interfax news agency adding that there are plans to carry out the testing of the whole pipeline from Turkmenistan to China by pumping gas into it.

The source also said that 99% of construction of the pipeline's Uzbek section had been finished. “We successfully carried out a hydraulic testing at our section of the gas pipeline and we have two more weeks to deal with the secondary construction work,” the source said.

The Uzbek section of the pipeline, worth $2.975 billion, passes through 530 km of the country, including the regions of Qashqadaryo, Buxoro, and Navoiy. The line can transport as much as 40 billion cu m/year of gas.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

Related Articles

FERC approves Constitution pipeline to move Marcellus gas northeast

02/10/2015 The Marcellus and Utica natural gas plays have made headlines for years, but moving the gas to end users to the East has not been easy due to a lim...

IHS: shale supply chain benefits diverse

02/10/2015 A diverse group of supply-chain industries is benefitting from unconventional oil and gas development in the US, according to a study that IHS rele...

OGJ Newsletter

02/09/2015

International news for oil and gas professionals

US Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline project

02/06/2015 The US Senate has passed a bill approving construction of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline by a 62-36 vote after 3 weeks of debate. Nine...

CNOOC lets contract for Huizhou refinery expansion

02/03/2015 CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), has let a contract to Porvair Filtration Group ...

Data refute Lew's claims about taxes paid by producers

02/02/2015

On the subject of taxation, administration officials count on the public to believe anything.

Near-term pipeline plans shrink, longer-term growth returns

02/02/2015 Planned pipeline construction to be completed in 2015 slipped 30% from forecasts for 2014, with expected products, crude, and natural gas project c...

Iran yields to Russia in talks over Caspian resources

02/02/2015 Iranian acquiescence to Russia, to which the Islamic Repubic increasingly turns in response to pressure from the West, has become a standard featur...

Citing lower oil prices, Sasol delays Louisiana GTL plant investment

01/28/2015 South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. says it will delay the final investment decision on a large-scale, gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Louisiana as part of the...
White Papers

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry with EPPM

With budgets in the billions, timelines spanning years, and life cycles extending over decades, oil an...
Sponsored by

Asset Decommissioning in Oil & Gas: Transforming Business

Asset intensive organizations like Oil and Gas have their own industry specific challenges when it com...
Sponsored by

Squeezing the Green: How to Cut Petroleum Downstream Costs and Optimize Processing Efficiencies with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Solutions

As the downstream petroleum industry grapples with change in every sector and at every level, includin...
Sponsored by

7 Steps to Improve Oil & Gas Asset Decommissioning

Global competition and volatile markets are creating a challenging business climate for project based ...
Sponsored by

The impact of aging infrastructure in process manufacturing industries

Process manufacturing companies in the oil and gas, utilities, chemicals and natural resource industri...
Sponsored by

What is System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis?

This paper will explain some of the fundamentals of System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis and demonstrate...

Accurate Thermo-Fluid Simulation in Real Time Environments

The crux of any task undertaken in System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis is striking a balance between ti...

6 ways for Energy, Chemical and Oil and Gas Companies to Avert the Impending Workforce Crisis

As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly he...
Sponsored by
Available Webcasts

On Demand

Global LNG: Adjusting to New Realities

Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s March 20, 2015, webcast will look at how global LNG trade will be affected over the next 12-24 months by falling crude oil prices and changing patterns and pressures of demand. Will US LNG production play a role in balancing markets? Or will it add to a growing global oversupply of LNG for markets remote from easier natural gas supply? Will new buyers with marginal credit, smaller requirements, or great need for flexibility begin to look attractive to suppliers? How will high-cost, mega-projects in Australia respond to new construction cost trends?

register:WEBCAST


US Midstream at a Crossroads

Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s Mar. 6, 2015, webcast will focus on US midstream companies at an inflection point in their development in response to more than 6 years shale oil and gas production growth. Major infrastructure—gas plants, gathering systems, and takeaway pipelines—have been built. Major fractionation hubs have expanded. Given the radically changed pricing environment since mid-2014, where do processors go from here? What is the fate of large projects caught in mid-development? How to producers and processors cooperate to ensure a sustainable and profitable future? This event will serve to set the discussion table for the annual GPA Convention in San Antonio, Apr. 13-16, 2015.

This event is sponsored by Leidos Engineering.

register:WEBCAST


The Future of US Refining

Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s Feb. 6, 2015, webcast will focus on the future of US refining as various forces this year conspire to pull the industry in different directions. Lower oil prices generally reduce feedstock costs, but they have also lowered refiners’ returns, as 2015 begins with refined products priced at lows not seen in years. If lower per-barrel crude prices dampen production of lighter crudes among shale plays, what will happen to refiners’ plans to export more barrels of lighter crudes? And as always, refiners will be affected by government regulations, particularly those that suppress demand, increase costs, or limit access to markets or supply.

register:WEBCAST


Oil & Gas Journal’s Forecast & Review/Worldwide Pipeline Construction 2015

Fri, Jan 30, 2015

The  Forecast & Review/Worldwide Pipeline Construction 2015 Webcast will address Oil & Gas Journal’s outlooks for the oil market and pipeline construction in a year of turbulence. Based on two annual special reports, the webcast will be presented by OGJ Editor Bob Tippee and OGJ Managing Editor-Technology Chris Smith.
The Forecast & Review portion of the webcast will identify forces underlying the collapse in crude oil prices and assess prospects for changes essential to recovery—all in the context of geopolitical pressures buffeting the market.

register:WEBCAST


Emerson Micro Motion Videos

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected