Natural gas from Turkmenistan passed via Kazakhstan en route to Russia
Kazakhstan’s national gas operator KazTransGas JSC (KTG) has resumed the transit of Turkmen commercial gas through the territory of the republic to Russia via the Central Asia-Center gas pipeline, the press service of KTG reported on Friday. Gas supplies from Turkmenistan to the Russian Federation resumed on April 15.
The report notes that KazTransGas was able to resume transit through its system of gas pipelines in record time. “Thanks to modern technologies and modernization of the Central Asia-Center gas pipeline, the mode of transporting Turkmen gas was launched in just a few days,” the report stresses.
In early 2019, agreements were reached between Turkmenistan and Russia on the resumption of gas supplies under the current intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the gas sector until 2028. “This allowed restoring mutually beneficial cooperation in the gas sector to three states,” notes KTG.
According to the report, the volume of transportation of Turkmen gas to Russia via the Central Asia-Center gas pipeline amounts to 15 million cubic meters per day. Since the beginning of the resumption of transit through the territory of Kazakhstan, more than 220 million cubic meters of gas have been transported.
Earlier, RIA Novosti reported that Gazprom Schweiz AG (Gazprom Schweiz AG), a member of the Gazprom Export Group, on April 15 signed a new contract for the purchase of natural gas with State Concern “Turkmengaz”.
“Under the Contract, up to 1.155 BCM of Turkmen natural gas will be purchased until June 30, 2019,” the company said. Due to this fact, some experts assumed that in future Turkmen gas would be delivered to Germany via the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, since the amendments to the EU Gas Directive, adopted recently, require that 50% of the capacity of the gas pipeline should be reserved for independent suppliers.
Kazakhstan is an important state for the supply of Turkmen natural gas to foreign markets. The territory of Kazakhstan is a transit route for two out of three export markets for Turkmen gas – the northern (to Russia) and the eastern (to the PRC).