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. "We are delighted to provide Cat® power solutions to support this substantial and notable pipeline project," said Mikhail Potekhin, Caterpillar Global Petroleum CIS Sales Manager. "Our products have a stellar reputation in the oil and gas industry and will deliver nothing less than exceptional results for the Asian Gas Pipeline. Our global customers can count on consistent, reliable performance from the Cat power solutions."