New section of Kazakhstan-China oil pipeline comes online
July 14. INTERFAX-CHINA. Shanghai
The 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.