Natural gas supplies from Turkmenistan are important for ensuring China’s energy security. This was announced at the 10th International Gas Congress of Turkmenistan, held recently at the Avaza National Tourist Zone, by the Deputy Head of the Institute for Oil and Gas Economics at the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Liu Chao Quan, who gave an overview of the natural gas market in China.
The expert noted that the consumption of natural gas, including liquefied gas, is growing rapidly in the PRC. According to forecasts, in the next 20 years, gas demand in China will increase by more than 2 times.
Currently, gas supplies to China through pipelines account for about 40 percent of the total gas imports. In this context, natural gas supplies from Turkmenistan are important for ensuring China’s energy security. In 2018, Turkmenistan sold 36 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China, Liu Chao Quan said.
The gas pipeline Central Asia-China includes three parallel lines (A, B and C), the length of each of which is 1 thousand 830 kilometers. On the territory of the People's Republic of China a gas pipeline with a length of about 10 thousand kilometers is connected to it. Currently, gas coming from Central Asia is supplied to 25 provinces, autonomous regions, major cities, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the expert said.
He also noted that since the commissioning of the pipeline in December 2009, more than 263 billion cubic meters of natural gas has been exported from China to Central Asia. At the same time, Turkmenistan provides more than 80 percent of the supply of "blue fuel".