Turkmenistan is looking to diversify its gas exports (photo:dpa)

Turkmenistan’s gas reserves add a new dimension to the geopolitics of Eurasia

Turkmenistan is fast becoming a major player in the market for gas across Eurasia. This third report in the series on gas pipelines across the region looks at challenges, particularly from Russia, posed by the proposed Trans-Caspian pipeline which will bring Turkmen gas to Europe.

TURKMENISTAN is estimated to have the fourth largest gas reserves in the world, and the second largest in the former Soviet Union. It owns 62.7 per cent of the entire gas reserves of the Central Asia and the Caspian Region (CACR ), but accounts for less than 15 per cent of total Caspian energy use by 2035.

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Russia does not want to give up its present gas export monopoly in the Caspian region, particularly by allowing Turkmen gas to go to Europe, nor has it any interest in solving the legal status of the Caspian Sea
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