Thailand showing interest in Turkmen energy sector

Oil&Gas Materials 14 September 2018 13:17

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Sept. 14

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

Ambassador of Thailand to Turkmenistan Phantipha Iamsudha Ekarohit plans to hold meetings in the Turkmengaz State Concern in Ashgabat, the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen government said in a message.

Chairperson of the Turkmen parliament Gulshat Mamedova on Sept. 13 received credentials from Phantipha Iamsudha Ekarohit. The diplomat stressed her country’s great interest in intensifying all-round cooperation with Turkmenistan, establishing contacts on the widest range of areas of mutual interest, the message said.

At the meeting, the sides expressed confidence that having a solid potential, cooperation between the two countries has all the prerequisites for bringing the Turkmen-Thai partnership, which meets modern realities and mutual interests, to a new level.

Meanwhile, at one of the meetings, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that one of the important directions of the country’s foreign policy strategy includes deepening and building up mutually beneficial partnership with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, where there is great potential for productive interaction in various fields.

In May 2018, it was reported that since late 2009, China had acquired 204 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas and became its largest importer.

Turkmenistan holds fourth place in the world for gas reserves.

The gas pipeline route passes through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. It is planned to build the fourth line of the gas pipeline through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Once this line is commissioned, the gas export volumes will grow.

It is planned to bring gas export volumes to 65 billion per year, which exceeds the current figures by over 1.5 times.