The opening ceremony of the East-West gas pipeline that circles the largest gas fields of Turkmenistan into the gas transportation system took place in Belek in Balkan Velayat. During the opening ceremony, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov turned the valve of the East-West gas pipeline, letting the first cubic metres of natural gas stream in. The new gas pipeline that has the length of 733 kilometres and the capacity to supply 30 billion cubic metres per year stretches from the Shatlyk gas compressor station in Mary Velayat to the Belek gas compressor station in the Caspian Sea region.
The East-West gas pipeline project is designed to encourage international energy cooperation, considering that new regions and areas will join the boundaries of exports of Turkmen hydrocarbons in the future. The pipeline will allow transporting significant amounts of gas from the largest gas fields of the country to export points in existing and prospective directions. The construction work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline was launched in Mary Velayat on December 13.