Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Jan.11 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov signed a decree appointing Amanali Khanaliyev as the chairman of the Turkmengaz state concern, a Turkmen source said on Monday.
Turkmenistan is one of the key natural gas suppliers in the Caspian region, which has real potential for the coming years. It will significantly increase volumes of the extracted raw materials and supplies to the international market.
In recent years, Turkmenistan has managed to diversify its natural gas sales. In late 2009, a new gas pipeline to China was commissioned. Later, an additional branch to Iran was put into operation. In 2010, export to Russia was restored, which was suspended in April 2009 due to technical problems. The discussed projects included additional pipeline to Russia (the Caspian through Kazakhstan), Europe (Nabucco, on the Caspian Sea through Azerbaijan), as well as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
Turkmengaz is currently engaged in:
- Development of gas and gas condensate fields
- Production of gas and gas condensate
- Processing of natural gas
- Transportation of gas, gas condensate and liquefied gas
- Export of gas and its products, as well as their sales within the country
- Drilling of development wells in the eastern part of Turkmenistan
- Development of new forms of mutually beneficial international relations
According to another presidential decree, the Director General of an oil refinery in Turkmenbashi, the largest in the country, was dismissed.
Myratdurdi Keymirov, who was dismissed from the post for health reasons, was replaced by Sakhatmyrad Mammadov.
In recent years, reconstruction has been conducted with an investment of more than $1.6 billion provided by a number of banks of Europe and Asia. Contract works were carried out by companies of Japan, Turkey, France, Germany, Israel, Iran and other countries.