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Third Line Of Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Launched

The third line of the Central Asia-China natural gas pipeline, Line C, has started functioning.

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) says natural gas began being transferred from Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan as of May 31.

Line C is 1,830 kilometers long and is set to transfer up to 25 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year by late 2015. Of that amount, Turkmenistan will supply 10 billion cubic meters, Uzbekistan 10 billion cubic meters, and Kazakhstan 5 billion cubic meters.

Lines A and B of the Central Asia-China pipeline have been operating since 2009 and 2010, respectively, and currently transport almost 28 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

By late 2015, the annual amount of gas transported from Central Asia to China is expected to reach 55 billion cubic meters.

Based on reporting by and