FOCUS ON TURKMENISTAN: Turkmenistan's future in gas and oil hinges on certainty for export options

10/07/2002
This first of four articles on Turkmenistan features an outsider's perspective. Separately, three consecutive articles featuring an official Turkmen perspective will appear in the Exploration & Development section in the issues of Oct. 14, 21, and 28.Turkmenistan is an important natural gas and oil-producing former Soviet republic of Central Asia whose potential is significant but constrained by a lack of certainty in hydrocarbon export options.Turkmenistan's energy base is dominated by abundant natural gas, as the state possesses about 5% of proven reserves of the former Soviet Union, second only to Russia. Western sources peg Turkmenistan's proven gas reserves at around 2.9 ...
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