Analysis: EU and Central Asian gas

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- The European Union, gazing hungrily at Central Asia's vast oil and natural gas deposits, has long sought to weaken Russia's grip over Caspian exports. Now the EU has succeeded in getting its nose under the Turkmen tent, and in Moscow Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller must be drowning his sorrows, as Russia provides about 40 percent of the EU's natural gas imports.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

UPI Energy Watch

China to implement joint energy projects In Kazakhstan

India, Turkmenistan to work on gas

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, April 7 (UPI) -- India and Turkmenistan signed a memorandum of understanding on a pipeline that will carry gas from Turkmenistan to India.

Analysis: S. Korea eyes C. Asia energy

WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- Record-high energy prices have provoked a global scramble among nations dependent on energy imports to lock in their requirements, in Asia none more so than China and Japan, the world's second- and third-largest oil importers, with daily imports of an estimated 7 million and 5.4 million barrels per day respectively.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

UPI Energy Watch

Turkmen, Afghan leaders discuss ring railway; Gazprom, Siemens ink strategic partnership deal; TNK-BP to finalize sale of Kovykta stake to Gazprom

Analysis: U.K. firm to audit Turkmen gas

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Since the death in December 2005 of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, Western energy firms have longingly eyed Turkmenistan's vast natural gas reserves, which even during the Soviet era were estimated at 10 trillion to 14 trillion cubic meters, exceeded only by those of the Russian Federation. Among the potential suitors for Ashgabat's favor, no firms were more ardent than U.S. companies. Alas, once again for Washington, the groom has been left at the altar.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

UPI Energy Watch

Russia, Germany to strengthen energy ties; Turkmenistan, Turkey to hold energy talks; Gazprom, ENI discuss South Stream progress
Analysis: Iran and Turkmen gas

Analysis: Iran and Turkmen gas

Since the death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in December 2006, foreign companies have been falling over themselves to acquire a piece of the country's vast natural gas reserves, estimated during the Soviet era to be between 10 trillion and 14 trillion cubic meters.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

UPI Energy Watch

Turkmenistan courts UAE on energy talks; Yemen to boost output by 2010; Gaz De France has not started talks with Gazprom on South Stream
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, UPI Energy Correspondent

Turkmenistan plans increase in Caspian oil

ASHGABAT , Turkmenistan, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Turkmenistan said it is expanding oil and gas development activities in the Caspian to explore more of the 32 oil and gas blocks.

Analysis: Turkmenistan, Russia and China

The most fascinating energy development of the last 14 months has been the furious, if covert, struggle involving Russia, China and the United States to develop Turkmenistan's vast natural gas deposits since the death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in December 2006.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Petronas makes Uzbek strides

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- In the mad Western dash for Central Asian energy resources, investors initially focused on Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Following the death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov in December 2006, Western energy firms fell over themselves courting Turkmenistan's new president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Ten years before Niyazov's death, however, Malaysia's Petronas won Turkmenistan's first offshore drilling agreement and began prospecting in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

UPI Energy Watch

Rosneft says oil prices won't fall dramatically; Turkmenistan, U.S. oil firm hold energy talks; Russia to see tax increases
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, UPI Energy Correspondent

UPI Energy Watch

CNOOC to increase output; Gazprom, UES to set up venture; Turkmenistan to export gas to South Asia
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, UPI Energy Correspondent

Nabucco cut by Caspian line

MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The last few months of 2007 were good for Russia, which has been fighting this year to affirm its leadership in the hydrocarbons market. And it may have spelled the end for the Nabucco pipeline, which Europe has wanted as a way to bypass reliance on Moscow.
IGOR TOMBERG, UPI Outside View Commentator
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Gurbanguly Mälikgulyýewiç Berdimuhamedow (Russian transliteration: Курбанкули (or Гурбангулы) Мяликгулыевич Бердымухаммедов, born June 29, 1957) has been the President of Turkmenistan since December 21, 2006, when he became acting president following the death of Saparmurat Niyazov, and the imprisonment of his constitutionally appointed successor, Öwezgeldi Ataýew. Berdimuhamedow and the Halk Maslahaty announced on December 26 that the next presidential elections would be held on February 11, 2007. On February 14, 2007, Berdimuhamedow was named the winner of the presidential election held three days earlier, and immediately sworn into office.

Berdimuhamedow was born on June 29, 1957 in Babarab in what is now the Geok Tepe etrap ("district") of Ahal province. He graduated from the Turkmen State Medical Institute in 1979 and entered a career in dentistry. He also received a PhD in medical sciences in Moscow. By 1992 he had become part of the dentistry faculty at the Medical Institute.

In an interview when asked about his life experience Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow said:

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