Turkmenistan Increases Production of Liquefied Natural Gas
In January-October 2012 Turkmengaz produced some 117,700 tons of liquefied natural gas, which is 83,800 tons or nearly a quarter more than the planned 1,099,000 tons, the state newspaper Neitralni Turkmenistan reported.
Microsoft Corporation Interested in Turkmen Market
Microsoft Corporation Multicountry, Central & Eastern European Headquarters General Manager Takuya Hirano said during his visit to Ashgabat that his company is interested in a close partnership with Turkmenistan, the state newspaper Neitralni Turkmenistan reported. Microsoft representatives took part in an international investment forum. "We are ready to present innovations. One of the promising areas of the partnership is the protection of intellectual property. According to the practice, this promotes innovative industry as a whole," Hirano said.
President: TAPI Project Demonstrates India’s Aspiration to Intensify Ties with Turkmenistan
In his letter to President Berdymukhamedov, timed for the 21st Anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence, Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee, expressed his support for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project (TAPI). "I am pleased to stress our fruitful cooperation in the implementation of the TAPI project, designed to ensure the energy security of our countries, and highlight India's desire to further intensify mutually beneficial relations with Turkmenistan," the letter said.
MTS One Step Behind
The advertising slogan of the Russian cellular company MTS “MTS is a step ahead” does not quite correspond to reality in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan Initiative for Human Rights questioned 30 mobile phone users in Ashgabat to discover that only one of them used MTS services, while the rest preferred Turkmenistan’s local operator Altyn Asyryn. During MTS’s two year absence from the Turkmen market, nearly all its clients moved to Altyn Asyryn’s services. As there is little difference in the rates and ranges of the services offered by the two companies, few choose to go back to their MTS service, which requires changing their phone number. Many hope that MTS will be able to provide higher speed Internet at lower prices, which would rationalize going back to MTS’ service. MTS is trying to re-capture its share of the Turkmen market.
Source: Turkmenistan Chronicles
Hollande: France Ready to Support Turkmenistan’s Regeneration
France is ready to support Turkmenistan in its modernization and development, French President, Francois Hollande, said to his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in a letter sent on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence. “I hope that our cooperation will continue to expand to cover new areas of partnership and mutual interest,” the letter said. France’s Total is interested in developing Turkmenistan’s hydrocarbon resources in the Caspian, and in the transportation of Turkmen gas to Europe. Gas de France has also expressed interest in working in Turkmenistan’s energy sector.
France’s Schneider Electric, in a consortium with the Belgian Enex, signed an agreement with the Turkmen government to ensure Ashgabat’s energy supply. Last year, Thales Alenia Space launched construction of Turkmen's first national satellite, scheduled for launch in 2014. Recently the Turkmen president received the heads of VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues. Bouygues has completed several projects in Turkmenistan that according to various estimates, total over $2 billion in value. VINCI received a large contract in 2011 to build a government complex in Ashgabat.
French Total Ready for Partnership with Turkmenistan
In Ashgabat, President Berdymukhamedov received Christophe de Margerie, Head of France’s Total, who said "his company is ready to build partnership with Turkmenistan in areas of investment, exploration, and exploitation of oil and gas fields."
Margerie also noted the growing interest of the large French businesses and, above all, companies working in the energy sector, as well in infrastructure development, in Turkmenistan.
Canada Welcomes Turkmenistan Diversifying Energy Transit
”Canada looks forward to long term cooperation with Turkmenistan and welcomes the country’s efforts to develop cooperation with the international community to promote peace and progress in the region, particularly through improving energy transit and regional trade routes,” said Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, in his letter to President Berdymukhamedov sent on the occasion of Turkmenistan’s 21th anniversary of independence of Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan, UAE to Discuss Cooperation
Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates plan to hold the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Cooperation on Nov. 7-8, an official Turkmen source said. At the meeting, Turkmenistan will be represented by Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.
Turkmenistan to Launch First Space Satellite in 2014
President Berdymukhamedov met with the Vice President of Thales Michel Ricard. The meeting focused on creation of Turkmenistan’s national satellite, to be launched in 2014. Ricard expressed his willingness to provide innovative solutions in the field of aerospace technology. They discussed cooperation in civil aviation and development of stronger partnership.