Kina låner Turkmenistan 3 milliarder dollar til utvikling av det enorme gassfeltet Sør Joloten. Vladimir Putin burde være bekymret.

hina is lending Turkmenistan $3 billion to develop the giant South Yoloten gas field. Beijing proffered the loan after a week of intensive negotiations led by Deputy Prime Minister Tacberdi Tagyyev in Beijing.

«China [. . .] is among our country’s strategic [gas] partners,» the Interfax news agency quoted President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov as saying on June 6. South Yolten, the president promised, «can provide enough gas to supply any state for 100 years.»

The gas field is part of the Southern Yoloten-Osman deposit near the Turkmen-Iranian border. An appraisal by a British firm, Gaffney, Cline & Associates, indicated that the deposit contained at least 4 trillion cubic meters of gas, and perhaps as much as 14 trillion.

Posted June 8, 2009 © Eurasianet