AKIPRESS.COM – The infrastructure in Uzbekistan has been prepared for the import of natural gas from Russia from October 1, oilexp.ru says. “We are ready to receive Russian gas from October 1. Our gas pipelines are adapted to receive high-pressure gas,” said the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan.
Gazprom signed a contract with the authorities of Uzbekistan at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum for the supply of natural gas on June 16. Later, the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan explained that the agreement was concluded for two years, deliveries are planned to begin on October 1, the volume of purchases is about 2.8 billion cubic meters per year.
The ministry earlier reported that Russian gas would be supplied to Uzbekistan in reverse mode via the Central Asia – Center gas pipeline through Kazakhstan. This required the construction of a new gas measuring station on the territory of the republic. In addition, it was planned to build 22 kilometers of new gas pipelines, repair 56 kilometers of existing networks, and replace 14 different types of gas pumping devices. All work was planned to be completed by September.
The capacities of oil and gas enterprises in Uzbekistan now allow the annual production of about 70 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 8 million tons of liquid hydrocarbons. But hydrocarbon production has dropped significantly over the past 15 years due to depletion of reserves and technological losses.