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Official Downplays U.S. Role In Competition For Turkmen Gas


Existing gas fields and pipelines delivering natural gas to Europe, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (click to enlarge)

Existing gas fields and pipelines delivering natural gas to Europe, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (click to enlarge)

ASHGABAT -- The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan says the impression that the United States is competing for Turkmenistan's energy resources is inaccurate.

Embassy spokesman Andrew Paul told RFE/RL's Turkmen Service that none of the planned export routes for natural gas will deliver gas to the United States.

He added that a diversification of export routes reinforces Turkmen independence and sovereignty and gives Ashgabat wider options in distributing its natural resources.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently sponsored a workshop in Turkmenistan on "pipeline integrity and management."

The workshop -- which was sponsored by the U.S.-Turkmen Business Council, Chevron, and ExxonMobil -- focused on managing pipelines and included pipeline design, how to assess damage and corrosion to pipelines, the cost of repairs, and inspection strategies for pipeline systems.
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