Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Dec. 7 / Trend H. Hasanov /
The international conference "Major Directions of Turkmen Power-Engineering Development" began this week at the Ashgabat Exhibition Center.
Business negotiations will be held at the forum until Dec. 9. The organizers include the Turkmen Energy and Industry Ministry, Turkmen Academy of Sciences and Turkmen Trade and Industrial Chamber.
Representatives of 18 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, the U.S., Turkey, China, Japan, Russia and Kazakhstan will attend the event.
The organizers said state companies will participate, as well as the Japanese Itochu, U.S. General Electric, German Bosch, Zeppelin, Turkish BEKO, Chalyk Energy, Polimeks, Swiss ABB, Belgian ENEX and Finnish Wartsila.
"Turkmenistan's energy policy operates on the principle of increasing supplies to world markets in the most appropriate spheres," Turkmen President told participants.
Turkmenistan sells electric power to Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan.
Turkmenistan is modernizing the large state electric power station in Mary, and constructing gas turbine electric power stations in Ashgabat, Abadan, Balkanabat and Dashoguz.
The industry can increase domestic electric power consumption up to 20 billion kW/h by 2020, and exports up to 6.0 billion kW/h.