Tajikistan seeks Turkmen gas as shortage looms | Reuters

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Environment, Geography, History, Human Rights, International, Language, Politics, Region
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Tajikistan seeks Turkmen gas as shortage looms | Reuters.

* Uzbekistan to stop gas supplies to neighbour from April


* Turkmen-Tajik deal subject to Uzbek transit accord


* Abrupt drop in supply to harm aluminium, cement plants


By Roman Kozhevnikov


DUSHANBE, March 28 (Reuters) – Tajikistan aims to secure natural gas supplies from Turkmenistan to avert a worsening fuel shortage as its traditional supplier prepares to stop pumping from next week, a high-ranking Tajik government representative told Reuters on Wednesday.


Uzbekistan, the sole supplier of natural gas to its Central Asian neighbour, had informed the Tajik government it would halt supplies from April 1 in order to meet growing demand from its main partner, China, the government representative said.


Speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid jeopardising current talks, he cited a letter from state company Uztransgaz to its equivalent gas transportation company in Tajikistan.


Mountainous Tajikistan, the poorest of 15 former Soviet republics, experiences frequent power blackouts. Only southern regions of the country and upmarket homes in the centre of the capital Dushanbe receive regular supplies of gas.



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