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Election under way in Turkmenistan

ASHBAGAT, Turkmenistan, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Voters in the central Asian republic of Turkmenistan went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president in their single-party political system.

OSCE, Turkmens discuss press freedom

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The press freedom chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says she's encouraged after holding talks with Turkmenistan leaders.

Turkmen Caspian oil sector opens to foreign firms

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Turkmenistan, long slow to respond to foreign efforts to enter its energy sector, is now considering tenders for development of its Caspian offshore hydrocarbon deposits.

Analysis: China awarded massive Turkmen gas contract

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- Since the unexpected death on Dec. 21, 2006, of Turkmenistan’s “President for life,” “Turkmenbashi (“father of the Turkmen”) Saparmurat Niyazov, Russia, the U.S. and China have been engaged in a fierce covert struggle to win dominance over Turkmenistan’s vast but largely untapped gas deposits. Two and a half years later, after offers and counter-offers, Beijing appears to have the inside track, a decision by Niyazov’s successor, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, that will cause much hand-wringing in both Moscow and Washington, which awarded China a $3 billion contract for its massive South Iolatan gas field.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Pipeline explosion reveals Turkmenistan-Gazprom rift

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- In the intense international competition for Caspian hydrocarbons that developed after the 1991 collapse of communism, Western interest focused initially on Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Turkmenistan was regarded largely as a closed market because of the mercurial policies of its president for life, "Turkmenbashi" or "father of the Turkmen," Saparmurat Niyazov. Then as now, Gazprom took the lion's share of Turkmen gas, but a recent mysterious explosion has revealed significant rifts between Turkmenistan and its largest foreign customer.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

No slaying Dragon in Turkmen oil and gas despite economy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The deepening global recession is pounding energy companies, as oil prices continue on a downward slope. While the world's largest companies are slowing their spending, a number of smaller companies are actually prospering. One of the most prosperous smaller concerns, Dragon Oil, is finding its wealth in one of the most unlikely of energy "new frontiers" -- Turkmenistan's offshore Caspian waters.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Turkmenistan adopts new constitution

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in the central Asian country of Turkmenistan have unanimously adopted a new constitution, officials said.

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan improve relations

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- For the last 17 months Russia and China have been engaged in a three-way tussle with Western energy companies to develop Turkmenistan's vast natural gas resources.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: TAP pipeline reality or romance?

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- TAP's promises of riches trump geography and politics as it would pass through some of the world's most forbidding places en route to India.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent
Analysis: Turkmenistan opens up

Analysis: Turkmenistan opens up

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Of all the post-Soviet Caspian nations, Western investors since 1991 looked most longingly at Turkmenistan, which was essentially unavailable during the reign of Saparmurat Niyazov.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

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

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
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

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

Analysis: Iran in from cold?

Iran has emerged as an unlikely champion of Europeans concerned by their growing dependence on Russia, giving the Nabucco pipeline project a fillip.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Celtic Tiger roars in Ashgabat

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- One relatively obscure Western oil company managed to beat out competitors such as ExxonMobil to develop Turkmenistan's oil fields: Ireland's Dragon Oil.

Analysis: China and Turkmen energy

Before the 1991 Soviet collapse, Russia dominated the economies of the other 14 republics. In the decade and a half since, Western companies have been angling to acquire a piece of the former Soviet Union's energy assets. In the last few years, however, China has become an increasingly important regional player, and in a nasty Christmas present for both Washington and Moscow, on Dec. 28 China National Petroleum Corp.'s subsidiary PetroChina announced it will invest $2.16 billion to underwrite construction of a planned Central Asia-China natural gas pipeline.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: An '07 Caspian energy scorecard

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The year 2007 will be seen as a major turning point in the development of Caspian energy, perhaps the most significant 12 months since the 1991 collapse of communism opened up the possibilities of development of one of the world's last great oil frontiers.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Iran pebble in U.S. shoe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Historians a century from now will look back in wonder at events surrounding the post-Soviet development of Caspian energy reserves in the aftermath of the collapse of communism in 1991.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Turkmenistan sides with Kremlin

In a world of record-high energy prices, Wall Street bulls seem once again to have been outmaneuvered by the wily Kremlin for Turkmen energy assets.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: U.S. irked by Turkmen gas policy

Since the death last December of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, interested diplomats and energy company executives from around the world have jetted into dusty Ashgabat airport for meetings with Niyazov's successor, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The recent second Caspian Sea Littoral States Summit, which concluded earlier this week, saw a broader consensus developing among the five Caspian littoral nations than at any time since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: The Caspian's division

The eyes of Western energy companies will be focused next week on Tehran, where the second Caspian Sea Littoral States Summit will convene Oct. 16.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Russia eyes Central Asian gas

Since 1991 the United States and Russia have been involved in a conflict to exploit the Caspian's vast energy reserves. Now, however, Moscow seems to be gaining the upper hand by proposing an agenda with neighboring Kazakhstan that could see the issue of Caspian energy exports westward largely dominated by Russia for the next three to five decades.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent
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