Turkmenistan faces challenges in export transportation options

This is the fourth and concluding part of a series on Turkmenistan's oil and gas exploration, production, production sharing, and transportation prospects.Part 1 focused on the country's ambitious goal of significantly boosting oil and gas production by 2010 (OGJ, Oct. 14, 2002, p. 43). Part 2 described the production sharing agreements in progress with foreign operators, which are considered key elements in attaining the production goal (OGJ, Oct. 21, 2002, p. 49).This fourth part is a discussion of the country's transportation infrastructure and expansion options.Oil transportationOil from Turkmenistan is exported mainly by sea in two directions, by western and southern rout...

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