ASHGABAT, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Japan and Turkmenistan on
Friday signed deals worth over $18 billion on a package of
projects in the energy-rich central Asian nation, which has
become an important supplier of natural gas to China.
Turkmenistan, a reclusive nation of 5.5 million, holds the
world’s fourth-largest reserves of natural gas. Since
independence in 1991, it has launched ambitious projects to
process the commodity at home and find new export routes.
ASHGABAT, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan, keen to
diversify its natural gas exports, will start building a
long-delayed, $10 billion gas pipeline to Pakistan and India via
Afghanistan in early December, a Turkmen government official
told Reuters on Tuesday.
The Central Asian country holds the world’s fourth-largest
natural gas reserves but remains dependent on gas exports to
China after Russia cut back gas imports in the past few years.
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.