01 April 2017, Sweetcrude, London — Atasu-Alashankou pipeline running from Kazakhstan to China pumped the 100 millionth ton of oil on March 31, Kazakh National company KazTransOil said in a message.
The pipeline is owned by Kazakhstan-China Pipeline LLP, a jointly-controlled company of KazTransOil and Chinese CNODC.
The first startup complex of Atasu-Alashankou pipeline was commissioned in 2006; construction was fully completed in 2008. At the first stage of operation the pipeline has a capacity of 10 million tons per year.
In 2013 two pumping stations – No8 and No10 were launched on the pipeline which allowed increasing its capacity to 20 million tons per year.
Since 2014 Atasu-Alashankou pumps Russian oil along with Kazakh oil. The agreement between KazTransOil and Rosneft envisaged pumping of 7 million tons of Russian oil per year through this pipeline. In late Dec. 2016 the companies agreed to increase Russian oil pumping to 10 million tons per year since 2017.