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

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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