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Moscow evaluated Turkmen gas
Negotiations in energy partnership under the way The Deputy Energy Minister of Russia Gennadiy Ustujanin hopes that signing of the intergovernmental agreement and contract between Gazprom and Turkmeneftegas about long-term deliveries of Turkmen gas to Russia. This statement was made by the deputy energy minister of Russia as a result of visit to Turkmenistan with the delegation of Security Council of Russia.

Drafts of documents forwarded for consideration of the Turkmen side at Ashkhabad meetings, foresee delivery of 10 billion cubic meters of gas to Russia by the year 2005 and up to 20 billion cubic meters by the year 2008. The deputy Minister stressed that Russia suggests Turkmenistan lower price for the gas than the Ukraine, but it is ready to pay money, but not like Ukraine, which suggests 50% barter. Now Russian proposals are being considered by the Turkmen side.

Gennadiy Ustyujanov informed that during the talks the sides discussed draft of intergovernmental agreement on transit of Turkmen oil by Makhachkala- Novorossiysk oil pipeline for deliveries to the states of Western Europe. Use of pipeline from Omsk via Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan for supply of the Russian oil to Seydinsk oil processing plant, that will allow to sell oil products to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

An agreement is reached on conducting marketing researches within the frames of this project and check out of technical state of this pipeline. Representative of Energy ministry clarified that the delivery of the Russian oil via the pipeline from Siberia to Seydinsk oil processing plant could be more profitable than supply of crude oil from oil fields on the Caspian Sea by other transport. On the same reason Iran, oil resources of which are concentrated by the Persian Gulf, could be interested in receiving oil products from Turkmenistan.


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