The annual Oil and Gas Turkmenistan (OGT) Conference wrapped up November 17, with less people in attendance this year (500) by contrast with last year (700), from energy companies and governments. No major announcements were made, although in one new development, Turkmen ministers indicated they would like foreign help with the building of the East-West pipeline -- a project they had said they could handle themselves two years ago. Turkmen energy officials emphasized yet again how large Turkmenistan's reserves were (estimates have been revised upwards to 71.21 billion tons of fuel), and how the revision of the deposit at South Yolotan to 26.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) would place the gas fields in Turkmenistan as the world's second largest, rather than fourth or fifth. Officials reiterated that Ashgabat intends to diversify its delivery routes, but ultimately indicated they would sell gas at the border, i.e. let foreign partners concern themselves about further pipelines.
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick compiles the Turkmenistan weekly roundup for EurasiaNet. She is also editor of EurasiaNet's Sifting the Karakum blog.