This year Kazakhstan is planning to commence the construction of the third line for Bukhara-Ural gas pipeline, which runs from Uzbekistan through Kazakhstan to Russia, announced the governor of Kazakhstan’s Aktobe region Yeraly Tugzhanov.
“For our region, the problem of gas supply is currently topical. There is enough raw material, but the existing networks cannot provide the transportation of the volume that the region needs. Now they are overloaded. There is only one solution – the construction of the third line of the Bukhara-Ural gas pipeline,” he said.
According to him, this is a “huge project”, expanding to 162 km at the total cost of about 43 billion tenge (about $95.6 million). “This year we will commence the construction. Without this, we will not be able to address the gasification problem of the villages,” he added.
Construction work is scheduled to start in March.
The total length of the gas pipeline, which connects Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia, is over 4,500 km. The first of the two lines of the Gazli – Chelyabinsk gas pipeline was launched in 1963, the second Gazli – Chelyabinsk – Sverdlovsk – in 1966. The pipeline is controlled and maintained by Gazprom.
In the autumn of 2014, the gas pipeline was launched in reverse mode, that is, gas began to be supplied in the opposite direction, Gazprom thus supplies the southern regions of Kazakhstan.