Rolls-Royce wins $40M contract to power Turkmenistan-China natural gas pipeline

Posted on 25 Feb 2013

Power systems provider Rolls-Royce has captured a $40m contract to supply equipment and services to power the flow of natural gas through Uzbekistan's 530 km section of the Turkmenistan-China natural gas pipeline.

Rolls-Royce will supply equipment to Asia Trans Gas, a joint venture between Uzbekistan’s Uzbekneftegaz and China’s National Petroleum Corporation, to drive the gas through the 1,830 km Turkmenistan-China natural gas pipeline.

The Turkmenistan-China natural gas pipeline will transport 25 billion cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan to China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. It will help to feed China’s increasing energy consumption and provide a cleaner alternative to coal.

Andrew Heath, president of the energy arm at Rolls-Royce, says that the contract “strengthens our role … at the heart of China and Central Asia’s growing natural gas pipeline network.”

It is the first pipeline to bring Central Asian natural gas to China, representing an economic power shift as China forges closer relationships with gas rich countries in Central Asia, which had relied on Russian pipelines.

Mr Li Lin, general director at ATG commented that “We need reliable and efficient technology to transport the gas on this important project for Uzbekistan and China.”