Turkmenistan to supply gas and electricity to Afghanistan

Feb 13, 2002 01:00 AM

Turkmenistan's president Saparmurad Niyazov is close to agreeing terms for exporting gas and electricity to the energy-rich country's neighbour Afghanistan. Niyazov, who met the Afghan interim government's water and energy minister Mohammat Shaker Kargar, offered "to share Turkmenistan's energy riches with the friendly Afghan people". It was said that supplying gas and electricity was the main priority.

Turkmenistan, which possesses the world's fifth largest gas reserves, produced more than 50 bn cm of gas last year. Kargar was quoted as saying the planned power supplies would "fully satisfy the needs of war-torn Afghanistan's northern and north-western provinces".
Kargar also stressed the importance of routing a planned 1,600 km (1,000-mile) Turkmenistan-Pakistan natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan. The $ 2 bn gas project was due to have started by end-1998 but was disrupted by the Afghan civil war. There are several competing projects to export the massive gas and oil reserves of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia to Western markets.

Source: AFP
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