Bishkek, May 6 - Neftegaz.RU. Kyrgyzstan is attempting to develop its gas industry by diversifying its sources of blue fuel. The country has held talks on the possibility of getting gas from the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline for gasification of Kyrgyzstan’s southern regions, said Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use Zhyrgalbek Sagynbayev.
At present, Bishkek and Beijing are discussing the Kyrgyzstan-China gas pipeline construction, which should become part of a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China. The gas pipeline agreement was signed on September 11, 2013.
The project envisages the construction of the 4th branch of the gas pipeline to transport Turkmen gas through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to China on the Alay and Chon-Alay districts territory.
The length of the gas pipeline across the territory of Kyrgyzstan will be about 215 km; the carrying capacity - 30 billion cu m of gas per year. The total cost of the pipeline construction is $1.2 billion.
The project provides for the annual payment of taxes to Kyrgyz budget, the estimated amount of which for the entire period (30 years of operation) will be about $2.15 billion.
The total amount of Chinese investments in state projects of Kyrgyzstan amounted to $2.2 billion, which were aimed at improving the road infrastructure and energy sector.