Oxford Energy Podcast – Central Asian Gas

In this podcast, David Ledesma discusses the prospects for Central Asian natural gas production and exports in the 2020s with Simon Pirani, Senior Research Fellow at OIES, who has just published a research paper on this subject. Central Asian exports to China were 47 bcm in 2018, compared with 16 bcm to Russia. Exports to China are down this year due to Covid-19 but will remain the main focus for the Central Asian producers, Pirani argues; the 55 bcm Central Asia-China pipeline, the largest such corridor constructed in recent decades, may be expanded to carry 85 bcm. China’s relationship with Turkmenistan is an issue to watch. Greater inward investment, mostly by Asian companies; expanding petrochemicals capacity; and, in Kazakhstan, trade-offs between producing gas and reinjecting it to boost oil output, are other factors that will shape the sector in this decade.


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  • Central Asian Gas: prospects for the 2020s

    By: Simon Pirani

    Over the last decade, China has replaced Russia as the main export destination for Central Asian gas. Due to strong gas demand in China, in the early 2020s, the Central Asia-China pipeline corridor will be used close to its 55 Bcm/year capacity. An expansion to 85 Bcm/year is possible, by construction of Line D from […]

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