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Caspian Sea Region: Legal Issues Legal Issues

CASPIAN SEA ISSUES Questions surrounding the legal status of the Caspian Sea have hindered--but not stopped--further development of the Sea's mineral resources. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to the independence of three new countries

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Iran capable of turning into tourism hub Tourism

By Farhad Daneshvar – Trend: Iran is capable of turning into a regional tourism hub in the near future, a Spanish envoy to Tehran believes. “Iran will turn into a regional tourism and economic destination,” IRNA news agency

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German scholar says Iran is rich in archeology History

Tehran, March 6, IRNA – Senior Researcher from German University of Munich, Dr. Christian Konrad Piller, said on Sunday that he had done much archeological work in Iran, notably detecting hints of public social standings in the country in

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Walking the line Energy

Plans for a new Euro-Caspian pipeline will solidify the west's dependence on fossil fuels and authoritarian regimes. This new documentary shows why we should stop and think. “Of course we need a different energy model,” Alberto Santoro states emphatically. “It is

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Once more on the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline Energy

Diplomatic attention has intensified on the project of the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCGP) while both obstacles to and incentives for its realization increase. Turkmenistan's commitment to the project may be inferred from the finally completed construction of its East-West Pipeline

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Azerbaijan’s SOCAR reviving Iran deals Energy

Azerbaijan’s state oil firm SOCAR says it is looking to revive trade with Iran as the two neighbors are strengthening relations after the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.  Azeri President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to

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Turkey looks to boost trade ties with Kazakhstan Investment

Turkish Economy Minister Mustafa Elitas has said the Middle Corridor, a proposed transportation network extending from the Caspian Sea through Turkey and Azerbaijan to Central Asia and China, will boost economic recovery in the region, Anadolu agency reported. Addressing the 9th

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SOCAR inks deal with Canada’s Zenith Energy Energy

By Azad Hasanli - Trend: Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and Zenith Aran Oil Company, a subsidiary of Canada’s Zenith Energy, signed March 16 an agreement on production sharing, restoration, development and exploration at the block that includes Muradkhanli, Jafarli and

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Russian interest in East Med and Cyprus gas Energy

In a week that saw Russia pulling some of its armed forces out of Syria and signs of increasing cooperation between Russia and the US in the region, it is important to examine Russian interest in energy, and particularly gas,

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Iran announces major jump in oil exports Energy

Iran announces major jump in oil exports Iran says its oil exports have already reached around 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in what could highlight a major progress in the country’s post-sanctions oil industry performance. Iran’s First Vice

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Iran using Asian help to revamp refineries Energy

Iran using Asian help to revamp refineries Iran said on Friday that it is working with Asian investors and builders to revamp several of its key refineries. Abbas Kazemi, the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and

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Turkmenistan starts welding TAPI pipeline’s linear part Energy

Trend: Turkmennebitgazgurlushyk (“Turkmenneftegazstroy”) state concern has begun welding the pipes of the linear part of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline’s Turkmen section. More than 100 units of special equipment are being used within current work, a message released by Turkmen Oil and Gas

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Turkmenistan aims to diversify fuel & energy industry Energy

Trend: During a meeting of the Turkmen cabinet of ministers, the country’s president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, gave a number of instructions on further implementing the adopted programs of development, modernization and diversification of the national fuel and energy industry. These steps are meant

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Turkmenistan eyes developing fuel and energy complex Energy

Energy-rich Turkmenistan will continue to realize programs and projects envisaging further development, modernization and diversification of the national fuel and energy complex. Such an instruction was given by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at the recent meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, the

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Lukoil expands operations in Caspian Sea Energy

Lukoil plans to increase oil production in the Caspian Sea by 7 million tons a year after commissioning the Vladimir Filansky field. Lukoil has already approved all its plans for the Caspian Sea. With the introduction of the full capacity in

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Iran to start issuing electronic visas by 2017 Tourism

Iran will start issuing electronic visas for foreign tourists by the end of 2016, Masoud Soltanifar, Iran’s vice-president said. Soltanifar, who heads Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, added that Tehran also pursues the issue of mutual visa waiver with

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China Gets Winning Formula For Silk Road Railway Investment

Summary China agreed to help Iran building a railway which will form part of China's High Speed Silk Road Railway. China has a winning SRR formula: dual-Usage bullet train technology and irresistible co-operation terms. When SRR completed, freight train from China can reach

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SOCAR: SGC project shareholders plan to raise extra $2B Energy

Trend: Shareholders of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project plan to raise additional $2 billion from international finance institutions to fund the project, Rovnag Abdullayev, president of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR, told reporters April 2. Abdullayev said the funds are planned

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SOCAR hopes major oil contract to be prolonged soon Energy

Trend: Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR continues talks with its partners on signing a contract to continue the development of Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) block of oil and gas fields and hopes for speedy solution of this issue, says SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev. An

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SOCAR attracts additional funds from IBA Energy

SOCAR, the state energy company of Azerbaijan attracts 200 million manats ($131.7 million) from the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) for 2016. The funds that SOCAR will get is the next tranche of loans allocated for the drilling works in the

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Iran, Kazakhstan ink power deal Energy

Iran, Kazakhstan ink power deal Iran and Kazakhstan have signed three powerhouse building contracts worth 600 million dollars. On the verge of Kazakh president’s visit to Tehran, the two countries sealed an agreement with Eurasia Invest Group

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Int'l Caspian Oil&Gas; Expo scheduled for June Energy

Int'l Caspian Oil&Gas Expo scheduled for June Caspian Oil&Gas 2016, the 23rd international exhibition and conference, the largest energy sector event in the Caspian region, will take place from 1-4 June 2016 at Baku Expo Center. As a recognised international platform

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Azerbaijan invites U.S. companies to Baku-based FTZ Investment

Azerbaijan invites U.S. companies to Baku-based FTZ Azerbaijan has invited the U.S. Agency for International Development and other organizations to participate in the establishment of a free trade zone in the Alat settlement of Baku. Azerbaijan's Economy and Industry Minister Shahin

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BP, its partners invest in Azerbaijan Energy

BP, its partners invest almost $60B in Azerbaijan Trend: The British BP company together with its partners on development of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli and Shah Deniz oil and gas fields invested in Azerbaijan over $58 billion over the period of more than 20-year

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New appointment at Turkmenistan’s state concern Investment

New appointment at Turkmenistan’s state concern Trend: Japarguly Orazov has been appointed the deputy chairman of Turkmenneft State Concern. Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the relevant decree on his appointment. The state concern's activity covers more than 600 oil, oil & gas and

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ECO-Caspian energy transition through gas Energy

ECO-Caspian energy transition through gas The oil price slide since mid-2014 has severely constrained economic growth and investment in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) & Caspian region. Despite this, regional governments nevertheless expect an improved market climate &

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Turkmenistan, Italy studying joint projects Energy

Turkmenistan, Italy studying joint projects Trend: Turkmenistan and Italy have great opportunities to diversify the cooperation and implement joint projects in various spheres, says the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. He made the remarks during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, read

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Turkmenistan intensifies development of Caspian Sea shelf Energy

Turkmenistan intensifies development of Caspian Sea shelf Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has given instructions regarding the development of hydrocarbon resources in the country's Caspian Sea shelf, read a message from Turkmenistan's government. This issue was discussed during the meeting of the

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Long-awaited subway stations open Investment

Long-awaited subway stations open Baku citizens and the guests of the Pearl of the Caspian Sea will have an access to two more subway stations in the capital, which is expected to ease the daily travelling plans. Those, who wish to

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Baku Higher Oil School to organize int’l conference Energy

Baku Higher Oil School to organize int’l conference On 25-28 April, 2016, BHOS and UK-based Confidence Capital company with the support of SOCAR will jointly organize international practical conference on 'Caspian Basin and Central Asia: Trade, Logistics, Oil Processing and

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Iran-Azerbaijan trade turnover up Investment

Iran-Azerbaijan trade turnover up by 53% Trade turnover between Iran and Azerbaijan has increased by 53 percent in the first three months of the current year, said Iran's ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi speaking to reporters in Baku April 21. Vaezi, who

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BP with partners invest $58B in Azerbaijan Energy

BP with partners invest $58B in Azerbaijan The British BP company and partners have invested $58 billion in Azerbaijan's projects over the period of its activity. The statement came from Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP's regional vice president, said Apr. 25, Trend reports. He

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SOCAR commissions new platform in Caspian Sea Energy

SOCAR commissions new platform in Caspian Sea Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR completed the construction of the new deep-water platform #6 at the Bulla Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea and commissioned it, reads a SOCAR message issued May

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Empty Gazpromises Energy

Empty Gazpromises Much of the debate concerning the Nord Stream II pipeline centres on whether the project should be seen as a commercial undertaking, or as an effort to lock in Gazprom’s dominance in Europe and deal a blow to Ukraine. The

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NDFI, KEXIM ink MoU Investment

NDFI, KEXIM ink MoU National Development Fund of Iran (NDFI) and the Export–Import Bank of Korea, also commonly known as the Korea Eximbank (KEXIM) have signed a memorandum of cooperation. During the visit of South Korean president

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How to Judge the New Generation of Caviar Fishing

How to Judge the New Generation of Caviar Have a hankering for caviar? A decade ago, buying the black pearls was straightforward. Whether Russian or Iranian, almost all sturgeon eggs came from the Caspian Sea, and even novices knew that beluga

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Turkmenistan should focus on developing Caspian oil fields Energy

Turkmenistan should focus on developing Caspian oil fields   Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has emphasized the necessity of accelerating the work on developing the country's large oil and gas fields and paying special attention to the Turkmen sector of the Caspian

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Keeping microbes, zebra mussels away Ecosystem

Keeping microbes, zebra mussels away By Kris B. Mamula / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Only in dreams do zebra mussels have anything to do with implants for the brain — unless you’re Noah Snyder. He’s now marketing a chemical compound that can both

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No Way Out Ecosystem

No Way Out The fate of the Caspian seal may have been decided five million years ago. The smallest earless seal on Earth, Pusa caspica, is the only mammal in the Caspian Sea. It is atop the aquatic food chain in this

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Iran-Turkmenistan daily truck traffic to soar Investment

Iran-Turkmenistan daily truck traffic to soar Road minister has voiced Tehran’s readiness to provide grounds for promotion of daily truck traffic between Iran and Turkmenistan. Speaking at a meeting in Tehran with Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Raşit Öwezgeldiýewiç Meredow,

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SOCAR to purchase gas from Russia Energy

SOCAR to purchase gas from Russia Natural resource rich Azerbaijan decided to purchase gas from neighboring Russia in order to maintain oil production. Azerbaijan's state-owned energy company SOCAR submitted a proposal to Russian Gazprom to purchase from 3 to 5 billion

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Southern Gas Corridor to attract about 7B dollar Energy

Southern Gas Corridor to attract about $7B The Southern Gas Corridor project, designed to supply Caspian gas to Europe, intends to attract investments worth $7 billion. The remark was made by Rovnag Abdullayev, President of Azerbaijan's state-owned energy company SOCAR on

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Turkmenistan looking to Belarus as a transit partner Investment

Turkmenistan looking to Belarus as a transit partner Turkmenistan views Belarus as a promising partner in a large-scale transit project, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov told reporters after his talks with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on May 11, BelTA

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EU eyes Turkmenistan as potential gas supplier Energy

EU eyes Turkmenistan as potential gas supplier European countries view hydrocarbon-rich Turkmenistan as one of the main suppliers of natural gas. The remark was made by Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Ivo Petrov during the meeting with Turkmen President

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Next Big Travel Destination: Iran? Tourism

Next Big Travel Destination: Iran? Global hotel companies are establishing new beachheads in Iran, betting that lifted sanctions against the Middle East nation will spark a jump in tourism and business travel after decades of economic isolation. Spanish operator Melia

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Socar and Uzbekneftegaz join forces in Uzbekistan Energy

Socar and Uzbekneftegaz join forces in Uzbekistan   Socar and Uzbekneftegaz join forces in Uzbekistan Azerbaijan state-run energy company Socar has signed a memorandum for cooperation and joint activity with its Uzbek counterpart Uzbekneftegaz, the national holding company. The two entities have agreed to

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Baku to the future Political and military events

Baku to the future   NEXT month around two dozen Formula One racecars will speed through the gleaming centre of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. They will zoom along the shore of the oil-rich Caspian Sea, past five-star hotels and

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Azerbaijan and China: Greater integration Investment

Azerbaijan and China: Greater integration Rapidly expanding trade and nascent investment promise stronger links between China, the world’s second largest economy, and Azerbaijan, an energy rich country on the Caspian basin. Economic ties between Azerbaijan and China play a large role

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EBRD Mulls SGC Loan Energy

EBRD Mulls SGC Loan EBRD Mulls SGC Loan The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is ready to support the southern gas corridor (SGC) project, its president Suma Chakrabarti told reporters in Baku May 25. Chakrabarti said the EBRD has firmly committed

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SOCAR reveals oil output from ACG Energy

SOCAR reveals oil output from ACG Nearly 400 million tons of Azeri Light oil and more than 120 billion cubic meters of associated gas has been produced in Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) block of fields in Azerbaijan during less than 20 years. The

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ARETI shows interest in further cooperation with Turkmenistan Investment

ARETI shows interest in further cooperation with Turkmenistan   ARETI International Group of companies is interested in joining projects implemented in different spheres of Turkmenistan’s economy. During his meeting with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Chairman of the ARETI International Group of Companies Igor

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In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision Investment

In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision The quantum leap for Indian diplomacy that was the Chabahar agreement, was seeded by NDA1 and nurtured by NDA2, while the two UPA administrations in between failed to make much progress The recent agreement between

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Caspian Overview: China Eyes Growth in Azerbaijan Energy

Caspian Overview: China Eyes Growth in Azerbaijan   China has held negotiations with Azerbaijan’s state oil company (Socar) over a $17bn downstream project twice in the last two months, this time leading to a memorandum of understanding. China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has

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Armenians in Dhaka History

Armenians in Dhaka   Turkey seems to have a burlesque history of genocide denial. On June 2, the German Parliament voted to recognise the 1,915 killings

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Turkmenistan to host 3rd Iran-Project expo Investment

Turkmenistan to host 3rd Iran-Project expo   Turkmenistan is to host the 3rd edition of Iran's exclusive exhibition of oil, gas and petrochemicals, water and electricity, construction industry as well as engineering and technical services, known as “Iran Project-2016”,

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Azerbaijan realizes profitable railway projects Investment

Azerbaijan realizes profitable railway projects   Azerbaijan and Iran are considering three options for financing construction of the Rasht-Astara (Iran) railway section, Head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov said while talking to ANS TV channel. Being a part of the North-South

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In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision Investment

In Iran, Modi projects Vajpayee’s vision   The recent agreement between Iran, Afghanistan and India to build the Chabahar port on the Iranian coast and link it with the existing rail and road network and related industrial corridor into

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Total Seeks Better Terms for Baku’s No 2 Field Energy

Total Seeks Better Terms for Baku’s No 2 Field   Azerbaijan has extended the deadline for French major Total to submit the development plan for the first phase of the country’s second biggest gas field, Absheron, which contains 350bn m3 of gas

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Port Of Call Investment

Port Of Call The Chabahar port in Iran will help India get direct access to Central Asian markets. For India Inc, it is a huge business opportunity. On September 1, 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on his maiden visit

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Azerbaijan – Oriental Express Hub? Energy

Azerbaijan – Oriental Express Hub?    With the first Mumbai-to-Moscow train scheduled to chug through Azerbaijan this August, railways seem set to become the new oil for the Caspian Sea nation.   Better known for a wealth of energy and

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Iran, Azerbaijan discuss cultural ties cultural

Iran, Azerbaijan discuss cultural ties   The Republic of Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Iran Bunyad Huseynov met Iran’s Minister of Culture Ali Jannati to discuss bilateral issues of concern. There are several cultural points that the two countries share, such as the poems

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Tehran, Kiev after closer trade ties Investment

Tehran, Kiev after closer trade ties   Deputy industry minister, at a meeting with Ukraine’s ambassador to Iran, called for expansion of trade exchanges between Tehran and Kiev. Valiollah Afkhamirad, who heads Iran's Trade Promotion Organization (TPO), voiced

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India and SCO Political and military events

India and SCO India Has More Hoops to Jump for SCO Membership   “I convey our deep sense of gratitude to the members of the SCO for accepting India as a full member,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told leaders of the Shanghai

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Russia supports Iran’s SCO membership Political and military events

Russia supports Iran’s SCO membership Russian officials have reiterated support for Iran’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and have emphasized that the process for Iran’s membership in the Organization need to be expedited.   Bakhtiyer Khakimov, Russia’s presidential

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Turkmenistan, China eye further co-op Investment

Turkmenistan, China eye further co-op   Turkmenistan and China have confirmed their readiness to further enhance economic partnership in view of its enormous potential, national interests and a common vision for the future of the Asian region, the Turkmen government reported

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Barter Enables Iran-Turkmenistan Gas Trade Energy

Iran will import gas worth $30bn from Turkmenistan over the next ten years in exchange for engineering goods and services of the same value. Oil ministry representative Mohammad Taqi Amanpour said June 27 that the two countries had finalized $2.5bn of

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Schneider Electric holds workshop at Baku Higher Oil School

On June 28, Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and Schneider Electric started a three day workshop on Contemporary Standards of Process Safety for SOCAR management, engineers and technical employees. During the three separate workshop sessions, the presentations will be made

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A tale of continuity cultural

A tale of continuity   In Azerbaijan, you can see a confluence of the old and the new One can say that this country has a foot each in two worlds — One in the modern world with industrial aspirations

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Dry Cargo Vessel Launched in Russia science

Dry Cargo Vessel Launched in Russia   The Zhibek Zholy, a dry cargo vessel with a capacity of 7,500 dead weight tonnage (DWT), was launched July 12 in Shlisselburg, Russia, reported the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy

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Azerbaijan, Romania to boost co-op in gas transportation Energy

Azerbaijan, Romania to boost co-op in gas transportation   Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and Romania’s state-owned company Transgaz agreed to step up cooperation in the natural gas transportation, SOCAR said in a message July 19. The two sides signed a memorandum

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Russia pushing North-South route to reality Investment

Russia pushing North-South route to reality   Russia says it has presented a plan to Iran which envisages establishing a unified transport company with India to operate along the emerging North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) – an ambitious intercontinental multi-modal route

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Russia may supply components for Iranian satellites science

Russia may supply components for Iranian satellites   Components for Iranian satellites may be produced by Russia’s Roscosmos space corporation, said Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov after meeting with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Vaezi in Moscow. “Iran shows a great

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Iran, Russia map out rival to Suez Canal Investment

Iran, Russia map out rival to Suez Canal   The International North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC), a multi-model route to link India and the Middle East to the Caucasus, Central Asia and Europe, is being nurtured for significantly reducing costs and travel time

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Iran, Azerbaijan ink 6 MoUs in Baku Investment

Iran, Azerbaijan ink 6 MoUs in Baku The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan signed six memoranda of understanding in Baku on Sun. to further deepen ties between the two countries. In the ceremony

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Russian shipyard to cooperate with Azerbaijan Investment

Russian shipyard to cooperate with Azerbaijan   Russian shipyard Red Sormovo, which is a member of a group of companies "Sea and oil & gas projects" (MNP group), intends to expand partnership with Azerbaijan. Representatives of the MNP group management took part in

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CECO would benefit all Caspian littoral states Investment

CECO would benefit all Caspian littoral states   Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has taken key steps toward the establishment of Caspian Economic Cooperation Organization. Iran has been experiencing tense relations with some of her southern neighbors, especially with

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Kazak president to visit Baku Political and military events

Kazak president to visit Baku   Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will visit Azerbaijan, Serbia, Armenia and a number of other countries in 2016. Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov announced about this at a briefing on August 17, RIA Novosti reported. In June, Idrissov

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Iran, Armenia to boost electricity exchange Energy

Iran, Armenia to boost electricity exchange   An official has announced that Iran-Armenia electricity exchange volume will become trebled upon completion of the third transmission line. Vice President of Iran Power & Water Industries Equipment & Services Export

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