Saryarka Gas Pipeline Construction Complies with the Approved Schedule
Contractors of Saryarka Gas Pipeline supervised by National Company KazMunayGas said that project progress complies with the approved schedule.
To date, job of automated welding systems is done – welding 1,061.3 km of pipes have been finished.
515 kilometers of gas pipeline passed through hydraulic pressure testing. Other sections testing preparatory activities are now under way. All pipeline sections will be connected with joint weld as soon as testing is over.
Besides, gas-metering station and five gas distribution stations construction in the cities of Zhezkazgan, Karaganda, Temirtau and Nur-Sultan goes as scheduled.
All Saryarka Gas Pipeline construction operations will be completed by the end of 2019. After that the akimats plan to start gasification of residential areas, including the capital.
Gas pipeline, after commissioning, will be leased by Intergas Central Asia (ICA) that will operate gas transportation.
Currently, gas rate and its structure are not determined. Gas transportation tariffs shall include ICA pipeline operation and lease payment expenditure. On the other hand, tariffs approval falls within the competence of Natural Monopolies Regulation, Business Competition and Consumer Rights Protection Committee under Ministry of National Economy. At the same time, according to the Gas and Gas Supply Act, commercial gas wholesale price margin of KazTransGas within the domestic market is subject to approval by the Ministry of Energy.
It should be recalled that Saryarka Pipeline will enhance the country’s energy security, will ensure uninterrupted gas supply to central and northern regions, and contribute to environmental improvement. In the future, gasification of private and small municipal boiler houses, apartment buildings and power plants is planned.