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Jan 11, 2014

Turkmen leader sacks state gas head over lack of diversification

ASHGABAT, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Turkmen President Kurbanguly
Berdymukhamedov has fired the head of state gas company
Turkmengaz for doing too little to diversify the vital gas
industry that underpins the Central Asian state’s economy.

Turkmenistan, a mainly Muslim nation of 5.5 million with the
world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves, has been ramping up
gas exports to China via a pipeline built in 2009, while exports
to Russia have dwindled in the last few years.

Jan 11, 2014

Turkmen leader sacks state gas head over lack of diversification

ASHGABAT, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Turkmen President Kurbanguly
Berdymukhamedov has fired the head of state gas company
Turkmengaz for doing too little to diversify the vital gas
industry that underpins the Central Asian state’s economy.

Turkmenistan, a mainly Muslim nation of 5.5 million with the
world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves, has been ramping up
gas exports to China via a pipeline built in 2009, while exports
to Russia have dwindled in the last few years.

Dec 15, 2013

No whiff of dissent in Turkmenistan’s first multi-party vote

ASHGABAT, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The Central Asian state of
Turkmenistan, described by rights groups as one of the world’s
most repressive, proclaimed its first multi-party elections on
Sunday; but both parties vowed loyalty to its leader and
opponents remained in exile.

The face of President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who has
assumed title of Arkadag (The Patron) as part of a rising
personality cult, looked down from large portraits as voters
arrived at polling stations to be greeted by grey-bearded elders
in national dress. Books written by him were on display.

Sep 4, 2013

China asserts clout in Central Asia with huge Turkmen gas project

GALKYNYSH GAS FIELD, Turkmenistan (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping helped inaugurate the world’s second-largest gas field in Turkmenistan on Wednesday, showing Beijing’s growing clout in Central Asia as it seeks resources for the Chinese economy.

The start of production from the Galkynysh field was also a major development for Turkmenistan, the world’s fourth-largest holder of gas reserves, which seeks new export routes for the fuel to minimize its dependence on pipelines to Russia, which resells the gas.

Sep 4, 2013

China asserts clout in C.Asia with huge Turkmen gas project

GALKYNYSH GAS FIELD, Turkmenistan, Sept 4 (Reuters) -
C hina’s President Xi Jinping helped inaugurate the world’s
second-largest gas field in Turkmenistan on Wednesday, showing
Beijing’s growing clout in Central Asia as it seeks resources
for the Chinese economy.

The start of production from the Galkynysh field was also a
major development for Turkmenistan, the world’s fourth-largest
holder of gas reserves, which seeks new export routes for the
fuel to minimise its dependence on pipelines to Russia, which
resells the gas.

Sep 3, 2013

China secures larger Turkmen gas supplies

ASHGABAT, Sept 3 (Reuters) – China, which has overtaken
Russia as the main consumer of natural gas from Central Asia,
secured on Tuesday larger volumes from the region’s top producer
Turkmenistan to fuel its economy.

The gas deal allows China, the world’s largest energy
consumer, to increase its foothold in the resource-rich region,
while helping the former Soviet republic to lessen its
dependence on Russia.

Aug 15, 2013

Energy-rich Turkmenistan to build $2 bln Caspian Sea port

TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Energy-rich
Turkmenistan on Thursday launched a $2 billion project to build
a new port on the Caspian Sea designed to boost exports.

Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and Turkish
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan took part in a ground-breaking
ceremony in the western town of Turkmenbashi where the new port
will be built by Turkish construction firm Gap Insaat.

Jun 5, 2013

Afghan, Tajik, Turkmen heads lay foundation of regional railway

ATAMURAT, Turkmenistan, June 5 (Reuters) – Landlocked
neighbours Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan announced on
Wednesday the construction of a regional railway which would
allow them to expand trade with former Soviet countries and
reach markets in south Asia.

The new 400 km (250 mile) route, expected to cost $1.5
billion, will turn Turkmenistan into a major railway transit
country linking Russia and other former Soviet states with south
Asian countries like Pakistan and India.

May 30, 2013

Turkey ready to deliver Turkmen natural gas to Europe

ASHGABAT, May 30 (Reuters) – Turkey is ready to deliver
Turkmenistan’s natural gas to consumers in Europe, Turkish
President Abdullah Gul said on Thursday, supporting the Central
Asian nation’s plans to build alternative pipelines and ease
dependence on exports to Russia.

Turkmenistan, a Turkic Muslim nation of 5.5 million, pins
hopes of future propriety on its giant natural gas reserves, the
world’s fourth largest.

May 22, 2013

Turkmenistan has high hopes as giant gas field nears output

PARIS/ASHGABAT, May 22 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan plans to
begin production at Galkynysh, the world’s second-largest gas
field, by June 30, which will allow it boost exports to Asia and
help Europe lessen its dependence on Russian gas.

Turkmenistan, a post-Soviet Central Asian country of 5.5
million which borders Afghanistan and Iran, holds the world’s
fourth-largest natural gas riches after Russia, Iran and Qatar.