» 09/07/2006, 00.00
Turkmenistan raises gas prices by 50 per cent, Russia pays
Russian energy giant Gazprom accepts to pay US$ 100 for 1,000 cubic metres of gas, up from 65. Moscow is vying for monopoly control over energy, looking eastward.
23/10/2010 TURKMENISTAN- RUSSIA-CHINA-
Turkmenistan seeks new markets for its gas
Russian President Medvedev on a visit to Ashgabat, signs a deal to buy 11 billion cubic meters of gas, but before Moscow bought 40 bcm. The country wants to sell energy, its main resource, and looks to Iran and China. Problems with the European market and India.
17/12/2009 TURKMENISTAN – CHINA – RUSSIA
Moscow’s arrogance leads to Turkmen gas flowing towards China
The new gas pipeline will bring natural gas to Xinjiang. It represents a slap in the face of Russia’s approach to energy politics in Central Asia. For months, Turkmenistan and Russia were at loggerheads over gas prices. China is the big winner.
24/09/2008 KAZAKHSTAN – GEORGIA
Kazakhstan steering a middle course between Russia and the West
In a quick succession Kazakhstan drops two large-scale projects in Georgia, a billion dollar oil refinery and a big grain terminal. Still the Kazakh military takes part in joint exercises with NATO as the country’s leaders seek closer ties to the West. China remains a wild card.
Gazprom’s leading role as an energy giant in crisis
For years, Russia’s state-owned energy company held a quasi-monopoly position. During this time it failed to invest in technology and innovation, restricting itself to signing high price contracts to maintain its stranglehold over the market. Now it is backing away from contracts it signed with Central Asian nations whilst its pipeline network is aging and becoming increasingly dangerous.
22/08/2006 TURKMENISTAN CHINA
Turkmenistan: gas pipeline to China is ready
The pipeline will start operating at the start of 2009 and will ferry 30 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year. China is becoming increasingly interested in the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia that rank among the least democratic countries in the world.
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