Turkmenistan-China Gas Pipeline To Open In 2009
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/CD01C65B-BE6E-446D-A0A3-B6DCD37EE3C7_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov (file photo) (Bymedia.net)"> <img alt="Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov (file photo) (Bymedia.net)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/CD01C65B-BE6E-446D-A0A3-B6DCD37EE3C7_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov (file photo) (Bymedia.net)</p></div>August 21, 2006 -- Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov today said a pipeline designed to pump natural gas to China will be opened "on time" in January 2009.
Niyazov made the remarks in Ashgabat after talks with Yu Guangzhou, China's visiting deputy commerce minister.
Under a deal signed in April, China is due to buy an annual 30 billion cubic meters of Turkmen natural gas over 30 years.
Also today, Turkmenistan and China signed four agreements on cooperation in the textile, oil, and gas equipment, communications, and customs sectors. A fifth agreement on the issuance of Chinese soft loans to Turkmenistan was also closed.
In other news, Turkmenistan's official TDH news agency reports that Niyavov today appointed Yarmukhammet Orazgulyev as chairman of Turkmenergo, the country's national electricity production company.
Orazgulyev will also assume the duties of first deputy energy and industry minister, with a six-month probation period.
(NewsCentralAsia, Interfax, www.turkmenistan.gov.tm)