Uzbekistan has started building a pipeline for natural gas supplies from Turkmenistan to China, Russian news agency quoted the Chinese news website Sina as reporting on Wednesday.
A joint Chinese-Uzbek joint venture has been established to construct and operate the world's longest pipeline, to run 1,801 km (1,119 miles) from Turkmenistan to the western border of China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, Sina said, citing information from China's National Petroleum Corporation.
The cross-border gas pipeline is expected to be commissioned in late 2009 and will operate for a term of 30 years. The pipeline is designed to pump up to 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year to China from Turkmenistan.
A framework agreement on Turkmen-Chinese oil and gas cooperation was signed in April 2006 when Turkmenistan's then president Saparmurat Niyazov visited China. The deal stipulates annual natural gas supplies to China totaling 30-40 billion cubic meters at $80 per 1,000 cubic meters.
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