Construction is 75% complete on a 1,081-km natural gas pipeline between western Kazakhstan and central and northern regions of the country currently without gas, reports state-owned KazMunayGaz.
The 820-mm OD Saryarka pipeline will have initial capacity of about 1 billion cu m/year of gas.
It extends northward from the Karaozek gas compression station on the existing Beineu-Bozoi-Shymkent transmission line in the Kyzylorda oblast and transits the Kyzylorda, Karaganda, and Akmola oblasts.
Distribution networks not part of the main project are planned for those areas.
KazMunayGaz on Aug. 8 said 796.6 km of the trunk line, for which it is responsible, had been completed. It expects the linear line to be complete by yearend.