Master Plan

ASHGABAT/BERLIN | | turkmenistan

ASHGABAT/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin is intensifying its pressure to obtain access to Turkmenistan's natural gas deposits. Following the conclusion of a basic agreement guaranteeing the RWE Corp., with headquarters in Essen, Germany, access to the Turkmen gas deposits, the German Ministry of Economics and various German companies have intensified over the past few weeks their negotiations with Ashgabat. The objective is to obtain a privileged position for German companies helping Turkmenistan to develop its economy. Not only is this aimed at Germany becoming the recipient for a major portion of Turkmen raw materials, but also at strengthening German influence in the country. Germany's chances are good. A German company drew up the master plan for Turkmenistan's economic development. In addition, over the past few years, German companies have been able to make themselves a name, by accomplishing quite unusual services for the dictatorship in Ashgabat. Human rights organizations raise strong criticism of the state, whose natural gas is to reduce Germany's dependence on Russian resources. more…

ESSEN/ASHGABAT/BERLIN | | turkmenistan

ESSEN/ASHGABAT/BERLIN (Own report) - The RWE Company will have access to Turkmenistan's natural gas, thereby strengthening the German position in international competition for Central Asian energy resources. According to the memorandum signed a few days ago, RWE will participate in the exploration and development of natural gas resources in Turkmenistan's western Caspian Sea. Berlin is also seeking to enhance its cooperation with other Central Asian countries. Angry reactions are being heard from Moscow, fearing impingement on its hegemony over the region. The memorandum was signed immediately preceding a series of international meetings to discuss the flow of Central Asian oil and gas. The RWE deal will strengthen Germany's position at these talks. It is becoming evident that German energy companies have a division of labor in their approach. The Eon Company, focusing mainly on Russian natural gas, is cooperating with Moscow, while RWE is concentrating on the Central Asian gas and its transport via the Nabucco-Pipeline bypassing Russian territory, a central element of Berlin's energy strategy. more…