Turkmenistan is going to increase the volume of gas supplies abroad. China was also named among the countries where the "blue fuel" extracted from the Turkmen subsoil will be exported.
The leader of the Turkmen nation, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, and Chinese Ambassador Qian Nacheng discussed this topic in their conversation. The talks took place during the presentation of credentials to the head of state by the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to Turkmenistan.
The two sides touched on several topics of Turkmen-Chinese interaction, but the key one was the "gas" issue. The Turkmen leader stressed the importance of implementing a large-scale project for the construction of a transnational gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. A large Turkmen field located in the east of the country - the Malay gas field - is a supplier of billions of cubic meters of gas.
Despite the fact that this pipeline has been in operation for the second decade, the country continues to increase the volume of gas produced. The Malay gas compressor unit has recently been put into operation. It will be able to annually pump 30 billion cubic meters of gas from the Turkmen subsoil. This capacity will allow Turkmenistan to double its export supplies of natural gas. During the entire period of operation of the pipeline 336 billion cubic meters of gas has been delivered to China from the Central Asian region.