Turkmenistan launches new gas pipeline

08:36, October 18, 2010      

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Turkmenistan has launched a new gas pipeline that will boost its gas exports to Russia from reserves in the Central Karakum desert, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.

The 198.2-km-long pipeline, with a pipe diameter of 720 millimeters, would pump gas from the desert outside Darvaza town in the Akhal region into the main export gas arteries of Turkmenistan that were Russia-bound, the Turkmen State Information Service said.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow authorized construction of the pipeline on Feb. 20, 2009, in accordance with a contract worth 176.6 million U.S. dollars between Turkmengaz and Russian company MRK-Inzeniring.

The pipeline's initial handling capacity is 3 billion cubic meters but could be upgraded to 5 billion cubic meters annually.

Source: Xinhua


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