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28.11.2016 16:25
Turkmenistan Launches Railway to Afghanistan to Boost Exports
In search of independence from China and Russia, Turkmenistan opened a railway link to its oil terminal at Ymamnazar
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On November 28 Turkmenistan opened a railway link to Afghanistan to boost exports of fuel. The nation seeks to ease its dependence on China and Russia.

 
The former Soviet republic mostly exports natural gas and its revenues have dwindled after Moscow, once the main buyer, halted purchases this year. The volume of gas sales to China, the current main buyer, is limited by pipeline capacity, Reuters reported.
 
The Turkmen part of the 88-kilometre link ends at the Ymamnazar customs control point where Turkmenistan has built an oil product terminal with an annual capacity of 540,000 tonnes.
 
Turkmenistan produces about 10 million tonnes of oil a year, most of which it refines domestically, and oil products account for about 10 percent of total Turkmen exports.
 
On the Afghan side, the link goes to the Aqina dry port in the Faryab province. There are plants to extend the link, so that would connect Central Asia to China and Southeast Asia.
 

TAGS: railway | oil | energy | transport | gas | Turkmenistan | Afghanistan 


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