Kazakhstan-China pipeline is one of oil export directions, which helped to provide the ability to deliver raw hydrocarbon deposits from West Kazakhstan mine field to the prospective market of China.
In 2006 the Atassu-Alashankou pipeline with the flow capacity of 10 million tons per year was put into operation. The construction of the Kenkiyak-Kumkol pipeline with the flow capacity of 10 million tons was complete in 2009.
At the moment, there are extension works performed on the Kazakhstan-China pipeline, within the frames of which it is planned to extend its flow capacity stage-by-stage on all its sections from Atyrau to Alashankou up to 20 million tons per year in accordance with the increase of demand in export capacity growth and internal market requirements, including the following arrangements:
- Atassu-Alashankou pipeline flow capacity extension up to 20 million tons per year– completed in December 2013.
- Kenkiyak-Atyrau pipeline reverse and extension up to 12 million tons per year.
- Kenkiyak-Kumkol pipeline extension up to 20 million tons per year.
- Kumkol-Atassu pipeline section reconstruction and extension.
At the end of 2015, oil transportation through the Atassu-Alashankou pipeline in the direction of China constituted 11.8 million tons of oil.