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Turkmengas

Turkmenistan

Date: July 2009 – Ongoing

Deal: Iran and Turkmenistan signed a deal in July 2009 to increase the sale of gas from the Dovletabat field in Turkmenistan to Iran through a new pipeline that was scheduled to come online later that year, according to an industry publication (Business Monitor International, October 22, 2009). The Tehran Times reported that the Dovletabat-Sarakhs-Khangiran gas pipeline to Iran diversified Turkmenistan's gas exports, which increased to 20 bcm a year (Tehran Times, August 15, 2009). According to Iran’s Press TV, the gas will be delivered to Iran's Khangiran gas refinery in the northeastern city of Mashhad (PressTV, September 23, 2009).

In September 2009, the Tehran Times reported that the National Iranian Oil Company signed a deal with Ankara to ship a portion of the gas it will receive from the Dovletabat-Sarakhs-Khangiran pipeline to Turkey (Tehran Times, September 14, 2009).

According to an Iranian publication, Turkmengas finished construction on the pipeline in November 2009 (Islami Davet (Iran), November 12, 2009).

According to BBC News in January 2010, Turkmenistan officially opened its second gas pipeline with Iran which will about double Turkmenistan’s gas exports to Iran (BBC News, January 6, 2010).

In June 2010, according to an Iranian news agency, representatives from Turkmengas and the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) met and signed an additional agreement. Under this agreement, Turkmenistan agreed to deliver more gas to Iran through the new pipeline. President Ahmadinejad inaugurated the new pipeline in January 2010 (Mehr News Agency (Iran), June 18, 2010).

In December 2010, PressTV reported that Iran was looking to double its natural gas imports from Turkmenistan. Iran is also ready to transit and swap the gas it receives from Turkmenistan via its new pipeline with Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and other countries, in an effort to become a gas hub (PressTV, December 5, 2010).

In November 2012, Reuters reported that gas supplies from Turkmenistan to Iran resumed after repairs were made on the pipeline that links the two countries. The Chairman of Turkmengas stated that Iran had requested the halt and that there was no pricing dispute as reported by Iran. The repairs were made to an area of the pipeline between Turkmenistan’s Artyk and Iran’s Luftabad (Reuters, November 16, 2012).

In May 2014, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Iran was ready to receive 90mcm of gas from Turkmenistan because the necessary infrastructure was in place thanks to the national Iranian Gas Company which had laid the pipelines to facilitate the flow of 100mcm of gas from Turkmenistan (Islamic Republic News Agency, May 10, 2014).

U.S. Business Ties: According to USASpending.gov, Turkmengas appears not to have received any contracts from the U.S. government (USASpending.gov, accessed August 20, 2014).
 

Last Updated: August 20, 2014