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Turkmenistan Reduces Gas Exports To Russia


http://gdb.rferl.org/5c725903-f1ab-436c-a4e7-be1ab7af50cb_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/5c725903-f1ab-436c-a4e7-be1ab7af50cb_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) August 22, 2006 -- Turkmenistan today said it would reduce natural-gas deliveries to Russia due to planned repair work.


Turkmenistan's Oil and Gas Ministry said in a statement the decision was made at the request of Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly that operates the Central Asia-Center-IV pipeline.


The ministry said daily gas exports would not exceed 66 million cubic meters for the next eight days.


It did not say, however, how much gas usually transits through that pipeline.


The Central Asia-Center-IV pipeline, which crosses Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan before reaching Russia, has a daily capacity of 120 million cubic meters.


Another export gas pipeline to Russia, Central Asia-Center-III, runs through Kazakhstan.


Russia is to receive this year 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas, part of which will be exported to Ukraine.


(turkmenistan.ru, NewsCentralAsia)

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