Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Aug.25 / Trend H. Hasanov /
The Ukrainian companies are ready to start implementation of gas pipeline projects to export the Turkmen gas, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Turkmenistan Valentin Shevalev said.
"Ukrainian enterprises and companies (builders, designers and of product and service suppliers) are ready to participate in the implementation of Turkmenistan's major international infrastructure projects of national significance, such as natural gas pipelines East-West, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI), compressor stations and others," Shevalev said.
He said that Ukraine "has a huge production capacity and experience in construction of similar facilities abroad."
Turkmengaz State Concern is the general contractor of the project of 1,000 km East-West inside Turkmen gas pipeline, which is laid for binding the fields on the country's east with to the western part bordering with the Caspian Sea, from where it may be possible to enter world markets - to Europe through the Caspian and Russia on the basin's shore.
TAPI project is under discussion, its implementation prevents tense situation in the transit Afghanistan. Ashgabat recently undertakes purposeful efforts to activate this project. In particular, Turkmenistan has proposed holding inter-Afghan peace talks under the auspices of UN.
Shevalev also noted that Turkmenistan has always been and remains Ukraine's reliable partner in addressing energy problems and energy supplier. "Ukraine, in turn, is a stable consumer of the Turkmen hydrocarbon products, the supplier of various products for industrial and domestic purposes to Turkmenistan, also plays an active role in the development of its industrial infrastructure."
Experts in Ashgabat stress that Russia's Gazprom buys the Turkmen gas for its re-export, including to Ukraine. At the same time, as is known, Kiev has repeatedly stated about its desire to resume direct supplies without mediators.
Shevalev cites examples the contracts already implemented in the energy industry in Turkmenistan.
JSC Sumy Frunze NPO and Ukrainian gas technologies are involved in the construction of facilities for Turkmenistan's oil and gas industries, in particular, Naip and Khazar compressor stations, whose commissioning is planned for this year.
Eurasian Pipeline Consortium companies group supplies pipes and other materials and equipment for construction of Turkmenistan's oil and gas facilities.
In 2009, foreign trade turnover of goods and services of the two countries amounted to $401.5 million, increasing by $15.9 million (more than four percent). The total amount of services significantly increased (by 2.4 times), which amounted to $74.5 million.