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Turkmenistan plans production at big gas field
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Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013
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Reuters cited Mr Mukhammednur Halylov oil and gas minister of Turkmenistan as saying that Turkmenistan aims to start production by July at the Galkynysh natural gas field the world's second largest as the country seeks to boost exports of the fuel and diversify its markets. In June July we should start operating.

Mr Mukhammednur Halylov said that the Central Asian country plans to build two pipelines to carry gas from the field, one to Pakistan and India and the other crossing the Caspian Sea en route to the European Union, easing the bloc's dependance on Russian gas.

BP data showed that former Soviet republic Turkmenistan's natural gas reserves rank fourth in the world behind those of Russia, Iran and Qatar.

Auditor Gaffney Cline & Associates has estimated reserves at the Galkynysh field at between 13.1 trillion and 21.2 trillion cubic meters by far the country's biggest field. Only the South Pars field between Qatar and Iran and Qatar is larger.

Mr Kakageldy Abdullayev chairman of Turkmen National gas company TurkmenGas said that "Major works are being conducted at Galkynysh and the reserves are proven by an independent auditing company. TurkmenGas was supplying around 20 billion cubic meters a year to China, which would rise to 65 billion cubic meters by 2020.”

Mr Abdullayev said that China was not Turkmenistan's only focus but it was a significant market in achieving the country's aim to diversify its outlets. China, the world's top energy consumer and heavy user of coal, is set to triple gas use in the coming decade after a similar leap over the past 10 years, as it tries to control pollution.

According to Chinese customs, imports of pipeline gas mostly from Turkmenistan, grew by more than half during the period while that of liquefied natural gas expanded 20% with Qatar and Australia the top two suppliers.

Source - Reuters

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