Analysis pegs pipeline ahead of LNG for Caspian area gas to China

03/08/2004
An economic analysis comparing two options for moving natural gas—pipeline only and combined pipeline and LNG scheme—from Turkmenistan to China has shown the clear superiority of the long-distance pipeline option.For delivery of 30 billion cu m/year of natural gas to China, the analysis showed, the land-pipeline option cost was $1.43/MMbtu, while the combined pipeline-LNG cost was $2.43/MMbtu.This article compares the specific gas transportation cost for both pipelines and LNG chain, taking account of capital and operating costs. The results are then applied to an example of transporting natural gas from Turkmenistan to China via pipeline and comparing this to an alternative h...
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