Archive for the ‘Turkmenistan’ Category

Central Asia’s Force Majeure Fears: COVID-19′s Impact On China’s Natural Gas Demands

Via Eurasia Review, a report on COVID-19′s impact on China’s demand for natural gas from Central Asia: China’s COVID-19 outbreak has seen Beijing’s demand for natural gas stutter, after years of breakneck expansion. In February, China’s natural gas demand was estimated to have fallen 17 percent year-on-year, and while there were some subsequent indications of recovery for liquefied natural […]

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The Greater Caspian Region: A New Silk Road, With or Without A New Belt

Via The Atlantic Council, an interesting look at Central Asia and the new Silk Road: With the signing of a US-Taliban peace agreement, now might be a good time to look ahead to how Afghanistan might strengthen its economic connectivity with both its neighbors and more distant markets. Now, there will be a 135-day period of […]

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Lukoil’s Strategic Interests in Turkmenisan

Via Times of Central Asia, a report on Lukoil’s strategic interests in Turkmenistan: President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on February 5 in Ashgabat received Vagit Alekperov, President of the largest Russian private oil company LUKOIL. During the meeting, Alekperov said that LUKOIL has strategic interests in Turkmenistan, which has significant hydrocarbon reserves, the Russian company […]

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Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City

Via The Diplomat, a report on Turkmenistan’s plans to to build a $1.5-billion city amid spending cuts: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has reportedly allocated $1.5 billion to build a new city; meanwhile, the government has cut social spending and the country’s economy is weakened by low global energy prices.  Berdymukhamedov said in a decree the money […]

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Tajik Claim Of Pipeline Progress Is Welcome News In Turkmenistan

Via Radio Free Europe, a report on the latest status of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline: When it comes to energy pipelines in Central Asia, the news is usually bad — delays or disruptions but rarely anything positive. That’s why the reports this week that Tajikistan was constructing its part of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline was […]

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More TAPI Delays, This Time in Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, an article on how TAPI’s “progress” remains slow across Afghanistan: Not that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline needs any more delays, but Afghan officials say laws on land acquisition for the project as it crosses Afghanistan have not been signed, meaning the project’s timeline remains as foggy as ever. According to a TOLO News report, the […]

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