CHINA National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has opened a gas processing plant at its Amu Darya project in the Bagtyýarlyk contract area in Turkmenistan.

The No. 2 gas processing plant was formally opened by Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in early May.

CNPC is the natural gas processing and exploration and production contractor of the Bagtyýarlyk contract area, which started delivering natural gas to China on 14 December, 2009, with

From then until the end of April 2014, Turkmenistan had accumulatively delivered 78.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas to China, CNPC said, with 21.5 billion cubic metres of this coming from Bagtyýarlyk.

Work on the No. 2 processing plant started in December 2011, with the plant independently constructed and operated by CNPC, with an annual capacity of 9 billion cubic metres.

The two plants now have a total processing capacity of 15 billion cubic metres per year, CNPC said.

Bagtyýarlyk, with reserves estimated at 1.3 trillion cubic metres of gas, is one of several Turkmen fields feeding the 7,000 kilometre China-bound pipeline, which was built in 2009.

An engineering, procurement and construction contract on the Galkynysh gasfield to build production capacity by 30 billion cubic metres per year kicked off on 8 May.

Full-year gas delivery is expected to be 30 billion cubic metres, CNPC said.