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Turkmenistan-China pipeline to open in December

by Staff Writers
Ashgabat (AFP) Sept 17, 2009
A 7,000 kilometer (4,350 mile) natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China will start operations in December, Turkmenistan's head of state announced Wednesay.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said in a nationally televised address that the gas pipeline, for which work started in 2007, would be inaugurated on December 15.

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) has signed a 30 year accord to import up to 30 billion cubic metres of gas a year through the pipeline.

China has signed several major deals to get new energy imports from Central Asia.

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