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14 December 2009
President Nursultan Nazarbayev Attends the Launching Ceremony of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China Gas Pipeline Together with Presidents of Turkmenistan, China and Uzbekistan in the Turkmen city of Turkmenabat

The pipeline is about 7,000 kilometers long, with 188 kilometers laid in Turkmenistan, 525 kilometers in Uzbekistan, 1,293 kilometers in Kazakhstan and 4,860 kilometers in China.


The gas pipeline will connect deposits of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and become strategic for the economy of Central Asia, China and Southeast Asia.


“The fulfillment of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China Gas Pipeline meets the interests of the four partners," Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed, addressing the participants of the solemn ceremony.


The Central Asian region is geographically far from the most important world markets of natural gas, and that fact hampers construction of gas pipelines or makes it expensive for a certain exporter itself. In this context, participation of economically powerful players performed by four countries solved the problem of resource-intensive construction. 


The fulfillment of this project will enlarge revenues of the partner states not only with gas returns but also with additional Chinese investments in the survey and development of prospective gas fields, which will be necessary for the pipeline growth. Transit fees also add to budgets of the participating countries.


The functioning of the gas pipeline will require infrastructure modernization in the settlements along the whole route of the pipeline and will also create new jobs and attract delivery of domestic material and equipment.

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