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Turkmenistan To Double Energy Supplies To Turkey

The decision was made at a meeting between President Niyazov and Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler on 18 February.

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Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov today received visiting Ashgabat Turkish Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Mehmet Hilmi Guler. Ahmet Chalyk, a representative of the Turkmen president on placement of Turkmen natural gas, oil, electricity and cotton at the Turkish markets, also attended the meeting.

They signed an agreement on the increase in 2004 from 300 megawatts under the contracts for this year to 600 megawatts.

“Turkmenistan’s energy capacity, which is growing every year, allows the further increase of electricity exports to Iran and Afghanistan,” the Turkmen president said at the meeting.

Turkmenistan plans to produce 12.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kW/h) of energy this year. The Turkmenistan-Iran-Turkey energy bridge was commissioned on 12 December 2003, and 90 million kW/h of electricity was exported in the last two months.

The issue of natural-gas supplies from Turkmenistan to Turkey via Iran was another important topic of the meeting. Iran has imported Turkmen natural gas through the 200-kilometer Korpeje-Kurt Kui oil pipeline with a capacity of 8 billion cubic meters of gas a year since 1998. “Turkey is interested in speeding up solutions to issues related to the export of natural gas from Turkmenistan,” the Turkish minister said.

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