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Uzbekistan To Halve Energy Supply To Tajikistan - Gas Company

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AFP)--Uzbekistan will halve its supply of natural gas to neighboring Tajikistan next week because of unpaid debts, Tajik state gas company Tajiktransgaz said Thursday.

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AFP)--Uzbekistan will halve its supply of natural gas to neighboring Tajikistan next week because of unpaid debts, Tajik state gas company Tajiktransgaz said Thursday. "The principal cause is increasing debt for received gas which is already $18 million. Part of the debt - $8 million - is from the first month of this year of year," a company spokesman told AFP. "Within a week Uzbekistan will gradually reduce gas deliveries. If in the beginning of the week Tajikistan received 45,000 cubic meters a day, from now on, only 20,000 cubic meters", he said. An impoverished central Asian state with a population of 7.5 million, Tajikistan is caught in an energy crisis.

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Sasol, Petronas Studying Fuels Plant in Uzbekistan

South Africa's world's biggest producer of motor fuels from coal, Sasol LTD., and Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd., are currently under talks to potentially study a gas-to-fuel plant in Uzbekistan that might be supersede Sasol's Qatar facility.

South Africa's world's biggest producer of motor fuels from coal, Sasol LTD., and Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd., are currently under talks to potentially study a gas-to-fuel plant in Uzbekistan that might be supersede Sasol's Qatar facility. The plant could potentially produce 40,000 barrels a day, whilst the Qatar plant only has the capacity to produce 34,000 barrels per day. Petronas plans to invest more than $750 million in oil and gas projects in Uzbekistan if the study ends up with results.

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Gazprom Comes up Dry on Exploration Attempts

Gazprom, the largest natural gas extractor and largest Russian company, has handed back exploration licenses for three hydrocarbon deposits in northern Uzbekistan

Gazprom, the largest natural gas extractor and largest Russian company, has handed back exploration licenses for three hydrocarbon deposits in northern Uzbekistan. The explorations led to disappointing results with no commercial use. A outside source stated that the hand-back is an indication of the Russian company taking measures to reduce its investment program. However, the hand back licenses are now expected to be taken over by Malaysia's Petronas. Gazprom though will continue to explore in other areas of Uzbekistan.

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Electricity Rationing Eased In Tajikistan

Recent reports had stated that due to Uzbekistan stopping delivery of electricity to Tajikstan, the country has recently been rationing electricity.

Recent reports had stated that due to Uzbekistan stopping delivery of electricity to Tajikstan, the country has recently been rationing electricity. But, reports have now stated that electricity rationing has been eased in Tajikistan. Nozirjon Yodjori, spokesperson for Tajikistan's major electricity provider, told reporters that electricity rationing has been abandoned in the capital and eased elsewhere in the country's province. According to the same spokesperson, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have resumed supplying electricity to Tajikistan.

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Uzbekistan To Halve Energy Supply To Tajikistan - Gas Company

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AFP)--Uzbekistan will halve its supply of natural gas to neighboring Tajikistan next week because of unpaid debts, Tajik state gas company Tajiktransgaz said Thursday.

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AFP)--Uzbekistan will halve its supply of natural gas to neighboring Tajikistan next week because of unpaid debts, Tajik state gas company Tajiktransgaz said Thursday. "The principal cause is increasing debt for received gas which is already $18 million. Part of the debt - $8 million - is from the first month of this year of year," a company spokesman told AFP. "Within a week Uzbekistan will gradually reduce gas deliveries. If in the beginning of the week Tajikistan received 45,000 cubic meters a day, from now on, only 20,000 cubic meters", he said. An impoverished central Asian state with a population of 7.5 million, Tajikistan is caught in an energy crisis.

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Uzbekistan And Russia Strengthen Energy Ties

Energy ties between Uzbekistan and Russia were strengthened Friday, with the former pledging to support a new trans-Russian gas pipeline, and enhance its natural gas export to Russia.

Energy ties between Uzbekistan and Russia were strengthened Friday, with the former pledging to support a new trans-Russian gas pipeline, and enhance its natural gas export to Russia. President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan told reporters that Uzbekistan has offered to sell 16 billion cubic meters of gas to Russia this year and could double that amount within the next decade. Uzbekistan's continued export of gas to Russia was crucial, as the European Union wants Central Asia to feed its Nabucco pipeline project, bypassing Russia due to a dispute between Russia and Ukraine over gas pricing contract which led to a two-week fuel crisis in other parts of Europe earlier this month.

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Tajik Minister Says Uzbekistan Violating Energy Agreement

Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrohkhon Zarifi has said that Uzbekistan has not fulfilled its obligations according to bilateral agreements on energy and water signed at a Commonwealth of Independent States summit in Bishkek last year, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrohkhon Zarifi has said that Uzbekistan has not fulfilled its obligations according to bilateral agreements on energy and water signed at a Commonwealth of Independent States summit in Bishkek last year, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. Zarifi said Uzbekistan began interrupting Turkmen electricity deliveries to Tajikistan in January, forcing the country to use water from the Nurek and Qairoqum reservoirs to produce electricity. The reservoirs are used by Uzbek and Turkmen farmers downstream, and Zarifi said both countries would face serious water shortages if the situation does not change by summer.

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GM to launch Chevrolet M300 production in Uzbekistan

The Uzbek government has authorized production of Chevrolet M300 cars at a joint venture called General Motors Uzbekistan, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

The Uzbek government has authorized production of Chevrolet M300 cars at a joint venture called General Motors Uzbekistan, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. "The project is worth an estimated $125 million," the spokesman said, adding that production is to start in 2010, at a rate of 50,000 cars a year. M300 is the codename for a new small car that will go on sale later this year. GM Uzbekistan already makes such cars as Captiva, Epica, Tacuma, Nexia, Matiz, Lacceti and Damas. General Motors owns a 25% interest in the company. In October 2005, the 500,000th vehicle rolled off the assembly line. In 2007, 170,000 cars were produced and almost 140,000 during the first nine months of 2008.

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Uzbekistan To Put Into Operation 7 New Uranium Deposits

The Navoiisky mining and smelting plant (NGMK), Uzbekistan's export operator, plans to put into operation seven new uranium deposits.

The Navoiisky mining and smelting plant (NGMK), Uzbekistan's export operator, plans to put into operation seven new uranium deposits. Kuvandik Sanakulov the NGMK general director said the uranium production and enrichment monopoly was conducting geological prospecting work at five of the seven deposits. "As part of an increase in uranium production up to 2012, the expansion and reconstruction of sulfuric production, at a cost of about $12 million, will be carried out. The implementation of the program will make it possible to increase uranium production in 2012 by 50%," Sanakulov said. Uzbekistan is ranked seventh in the world in terms of uranium reserves and fifth in terms of its production by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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India, Uzbekistan Resolve to Step Up Bilateral Trade

From September 16-17, government officials from Uzbekistan and India met for the eighth session of the inter-governmental commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the two countries.

From September 16-17, government officials from Uzbekistan and India met for the eighth session of the inter-governmental commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the two countries. Both countries expressed interest in increasing bilateral trade. In the first half of 2008, trade between the countries reached almost $40 million.

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Uzbekistan Taking Measures to Prevent Sale of Low-Quality Toys

The State committee of Uzbekistan have begun implementing a plan to prevent low quality toys being sold on domestic markets.

The State committee of Uzbekistan have begun implementing a plan to prevent low quality toys being sold on domestic markets. Last year, there were at least 250 cases of toy smuggling registered in the country. Some misdemeanors include selling toys with no relevant documents, invoices, contracts, quality and hygiene certificates or labels in local language.

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