CENTRAL ASIA: Conflict and terrorism fears add to economic worries

(EnergyAsia, April 23 2017, Sunday) — Its once high-flying economies battered by two years of contraction, Central Asia is now waking to the growing threats of political instability, homegrown terrorism, and increased superpower manouvering in its backyard. The region has been badly exposed for its heavy economic reliance on commodities, particularly oil and gas which...

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KAZAKHSTAN: New infrastructure to boost oil and gas exports to China

(EnergyAsia, April 17 2017, Monday) — China will remain a growing market for oil and natural gas exports from Kazakhstan with the recent launch of new links connecting the two countries. Last week, state-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said it has started up a 1,454-km pipeline to import natural gas from southern Kazakhstan. CNPC...

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CENTRAL ASIA: TAPI pipeline project inches forward despite growing headwinds

(EnergyAsia, April 14 2017, Friday) — Proponents of an 1,800-km pipeline to deliver natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India remain hopeful the project will be built despite running up against a continuous tide of political, financial and security challenges. First mooted more than 20 years ago, the proposed project has undergone numerous...

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CENTRAL ASIA: Gas exporters hit as China delays plan to expand pipeline capacity

(EnergyAsia, April 3, 2017, Monday) — Central Asia’s weakening economic confidence has been further battered by reports that China has indefinitely delayed the planned expansion of a major pipeline network to import natural gas from the region. According to Russian and Chinese news reports, Beijing has decided not to proceed with building the fourth and...

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