Strategic Energy Opportunities in Turkmenistan

by Joshua Foust on 4/18/2007 · 3 comments

World Politics Watch has kindly posted an article of mine, on the opportunities presented by the New Turkmenistan. Go, read. It was born from that one time The Agonist interviewed me, and I floated the idea of a US-EU-China consortium to nab Turkmeni gas. As I researched more, China became far less likely as a consortium partner, but the US and EU could very well team up to balance our Russia.

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Bonnie Boyd April 18, 2007 at 7:56 pm

Josh, this was great!
Did you really mean that Russia’s deal was exclusive? China’s deal with Turkmenistan for gas spans the next 30 years. Also Iran’s ongoing gas imports from Turkmenistan will be perpetual “good-neighbor policy”.

Joshua Foust April 18, 2007 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Bonnie.

And that’s my bad with the exclusivity thing: it should say that Russia has an exclusive right to distribute Turkmeni gas to Europe. And if China can somehow make a 4000 mile gas pipe profitable, then more power to them.

Nathan April 18, 2007 at 9:10 pm

I figured nothing was wrong with it as I just assumed exclusive rights to its never-ending gas reserves are the only kinds of deals that Turkmenistan signs.

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