ASHGABAT (Reuters) – Turkmenistan, which rights groups view as one of the most repressive countries in the world, celebrated President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s 58th birthday on Monday by opening a park in the capital Ashgabat bearing his name.
It was the latest tribute to the leader who took over the Central Asian nation after the death of his predecessor in December 2006. Last month, Turkmenistan unveiled a gilded 6-metre-high statue of Berdymukhamedov on horseback perched on a white cliff.
ASHGABAT (Reuters) – Continued crackdowns on human rights in Central Asia could backfire by encouraging extremist ideologies, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday, winding up a visit to the volatile former Soviet region.
Ban chose Turkmenistan, viewed by human rights groups as one of the world’s most despotic and isolated regimes, to deliver a passionate message to the resource-rich, mainly Muslim Central Asian region that borders Russia, China, Iran and Afghanistan.
ASHGABAT (Reuters) – The European Union, keen to lessen its dependence on Russia for energy supplies, expects to start receiving natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in an interview.
Russia currently supplies around a third of Europe’s gas needs, but Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the military conflict in eastern Ukraine has added urgency to the EU’s search for gas from alternative sources.
ASHGABAT, May 2 (Reuters) – The European Union, keen to
lessen its dependence on Russia for energy supplies, expects to
start receiving natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019, European
Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in an interview.
Russia currently supplies around a third of Europe’s gas
needs, but Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement in
the military conflict in eastern Ukraine has added urgency to
the EU’s search for gas from alternative sources.
ASHGABAT, March 25 (Reuters) – The European Union is seeking
to revive a gas pipeline project from Turkmenistan to Europe and
involve European energy companies, an EU diplomat in
The Crimea crisis has added urgency to the EU’s search for
gas from sources other than Russia, which supplies around a
third of Europe’s gas needs.
AK YAYLA, Turkmenistan, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan,
Kazakhstan and Iran on Wednesday inaugurated a new railway route
that will improve resource-rich Central Asia’s access to markets
in the Middle East and South Asia.
The 925-km (578-mile) stretch of railway, built jointly by
the three Caspian neighbours, will ease the exchange of goods
between the landlocked post-Soviet region and the countries
lying along the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.
ASHGABAT, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan has signed an
outline deal with Turkey to supply gas to a new pipeline that
could help Europe reduce its dependence on Russian gas imports.
The two countries struck a so-called framework agreement on
Friday for Turkmenistan, which is keen to diversify exports of
its gas to world markets, to supply gas to the proposed
Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline project (TANAP).
OWADAN-DEPE, Turkmenistan, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan,
holder of the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves,
signed a $1.7 billion deal with a Turkish-Japanese consortium on
Tuesday to build a gas-to-liquids plant as part of its strategy
to maximise revenues from its gas riches.
The signing ceremony was overseen by autocratic Turkmen
President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who enjoys sweeping powers
in his Central Asian nation of 5.5 million people.
GARABOGAZ, Turkmenistan, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Japan’s
Mitsubishi Corp. and Turkey’s Gap Insaat on Monday laid
the foundation of a $1.3 billion plant to produce carbamide in
Turkmenistan, which plans to gain added value by using its
natural gas to produce the fertiliser for export.
Turkmenistan holds the world’s fourth-largest reserves of
natural gas. Its economy has grown by more than 10 percent a
year in recent years, owing largely to rising gas exports to
China via a pipeline built in late 2009.
BAGTYARLYK FIELD, Turkmenistan, May 7 (Reuters) – China
cemented its position as the top importer of Turkmen gas, ahead
of Russia, at a ceremony on Wednesday to open a new plant at a
major field, attended by the Turkmen president seated on a
lavishly gilt throne.
The desert nation sits on the world’s fourth-largest
reserves of natural gas and rising exports to China have powered
its economic growth to annual rates of over 10 percent. The
newly opened processing plant at the Bagtyarlyk field feeds a
major pipeline to China.