New section of Kazakhstan-China oil pipeline comes online

July 14. INTERFAX-CHINA. Shanghai

New section of Kazakhstan-China oil pipeline comes onlineThe Kenkiyak-Kumkol pipeline, which forms part  of  the second phase of construction of the Kazakhstan-China crude oil  pipeline,  started  operation  on  July  11,  China  National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) said in a newsletter on July 14.

The 792-kilometer  Kenkiyak-Kumkol  pipeline  has  an  annual  crude oil transmission capacity of 10 million tons, according to the statement. It was brought online three months ahead of schedule.

The next  step  of  the  project  will be to connect the Kenkiyak-Kumkol pipeline  to  the  pipeline  that  was  built  during the first phase of construction,  which  started  operation  in  2006  and can transport 10 million  tons  of  crude oil annually from Kazakhstan’s Atasu to China’s port city of Alashankou in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Following completion of the second phase, the Kazakhstan-China crude oil pipeline will extend to Atyrau City in Kazakhstan’s oil-abundant Caspian region.