The Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline delivered over 39 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China in 2020, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday with reference to the PipeChina West Pipeline Company.
The pipeline runs from the border between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, passes through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and links up with China's West-to-East Gas Pipeline in Horgos, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is China's first transnational gas pipeline.
With a length of 1,833 km and a designed annual gas transmission capacity of 60 billion cubic meters, the pipeline has been operating stably and safely for more than 11 years since it was put into service in December 2009, according to the report.
As of Wednesday, more than 336 billion cubic meters of natural gas had been imported via the pipeline, benefiting over 500 million people in 27 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Xinhua noted.
Natural gas imports via the pipeline account for more than 15% of China's total consumption in the same period, according to data by the company.
The company added that the stable operation of the pipeline has been contributing to the economic development of the countries through which it passes and the green transformation of China's energy structure.