Oil, gas in FSU Central Asia, northwestern China await development

Central Asia today represents one of the world's last great frontiers for geological survey and analysis, offering opportunities for investment in the discovery, production, transportation, and refining of enormous quantities of oil and gas resources. Central Asia is rich in hydrocarbons, with gas being the predominant energy fuel. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, especially, are noted for gas resources, while Kazakhstan is the primary oil producer. Home to more than 70 million people in an area 45% of the size of the US (Table 1), Central Asia resources, which include 10 billion bbl of undeveloped oil reserves and 6.6 trillion cu m of natural gas, that await investment and development. K...

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