LONDON - Caterpillar has been selected to provide power solutions for the Asian Gas Pipeline, a joint project between Kazakhstan and China.
Caterpillar will provide 6x Cat G3516C gas generator sets and 2x C18 generator sets.
Each G3516C generator set will provide the gas compression stations with 1,555 ekW (1,944 kVA) of rated power at 1,500 RPM. The C18 generator sets will be utilized as emergency backup power for the gas compression stations.
Once completed, the Asian Gas Pipeline will transport 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Turkmenistan to China and 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Kazakhstan to China per year, thereby delivering approximately two percent of China's energy consumption.
The construction of the pipeline initially started in July 2008 and is due to be completed in late 2013 or early 2014. The total length of the 42-inch pipeline, which is carried in two lines, will exceed 6,500 km. - 200 km. in Turkmenistan, 510.5 km. in Uzbekistan, 1,300 km. in Kazakhstan and 4,500 km. in China.
The Asian Gas Pipeline is the region's largest pipeline construction project and is a joint venture between KazMunayGas and China National Petroleum Corp. The main contractors are KazStroyService and China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corp. KazStroy Service will construct two gas compression stations and a gas metering station while China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corp. is to build three gas compression stations in Kazakhstan.