The 27th International Conference and Expo “Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan” (OGT-2022) will be held on October 26-28, 2022 in Ashgabat. The Conference is organized by the State Concerns “Turkmengaz”, “Turkmennebit” and State Corporation “Turkmengeology” in partnership with Turkmen Forum and UK-based GaffneyCline.
The purpose of the conference and exhibition is to strengthen the regional dialogue on further sustainable development of the energy sector, review the latest tendencies in the global energy system and expand the opportunities for attracting foreign direct investment to the oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan. The novelty of this year’s event is the Expo, which will run in parallel with the conference and will present the best highlights from the domestic and global oil & gas industries, reinvigorated with new ideas and features to match the current industry agenda. New elements introduced at this year’s Expo will put a key focus on highlighting the importance of acceleration of cooperation between IOCs and NOCs, reinforcing the growing role of mutually beneficial partnerships.
Participation and business meetings on the sidelines of this Conference and Expo will increase the awareness of potential partners about new investment projects in oil, gas, energy, and chemical complexes of Turkmenistan.
The agenda of the Conference is focused on discussion of such issues as the the future of energy: challenges and opportunities; Offshore and onshore investment opportunities in the Turkmen oil & gas sector; new era energy: prospects for domestic and regional development; environmental aspects of hydrocarbon developments; acceleration of energy transition through research & development.
Turkmenistan is a major player in the Asian oil & gas market. The country’s hydrocarbon resources are estimated at over 71 billion tons of oil equivalent, that is over 20 billion tons of oil and over 50 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. Given these figures, as of today, Turkmenistan holds the world’s fourth largest proven natural gas reserves, after Russia, Iran, and Qatar.
Currently, Turkmenistan’s largest customer is the People’s Republic of China. Turkmenistan has resumed gas supplies to Russia and swap supplies to Azerbaijan via Iran.
Turkmenistan is also proceeding with the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. Despite the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing changes on the global markets, the TAPI countries continue to support the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline Project. The 1,853-km pipeline will deliver up to 33 BCMA natural gas from the Galkynysh gas field in Turkmenistan to three off-take points in Afghanistan, three offtake points in Pakistan and a final off-take point at the Pakistan-India border to supply the Indian market. The linear part of the Turkmenistan section of the TAPI pipeline is currently being commissioned.
Turkmenistan is actively developing its offshore fields in the Caspian Sea and onshore in the Balkan region. Currently, a number of leading IOC are producing oil and gas from contractual areas in the Caspian Sea, among them: ENI, Dragon Oil, Petronas, and others. The focus of this year’s conference will be the attraction of investment to offshore Blocks No. 21 and 23, West Cheleken, optimization of production from mature fields, and next phase development of the supergiant Galkynysh field, which holds the world’s second-largest gas reserves.
The cooperation between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan reached a major milestone with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the joint exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources of the Dostluk field in the Caspian Sea. Successful development of this field will allow the supply of natural gas westwards to Europe.
In parallel with the export of natural gas by pipeline, Turkmenistan is currently focusing on the deep processing of natural gas, which in the long term may become dominant in the country’s economy. In recent years, several gas chemical complexes have been commissioned, and in the near future, several more are planned to be built in order to manufacture value added goods that are in high demand on world markets. Among them is Kiyanly Polymer Plant in the Balkan region. The complex was built by a consortium of South Korean and Japanese companies and commissioned in October, 2018. Another gas chemical complex is the Gas to Gasoline (GTG) plant, which was commissioned in 2019, and was built by a Japanese-Turkish consortium.
The Turkmenbashy refinery is the flagship industrial complex located in west Turkmenistan accounts for a quarter of the volume of industrial production. Currently, the refinery is undergoing phased reconstruction, which also presents various investment opportunities for potential investors.
A key aspect of creating a solid legal framework in Turkmenistan is the adoption of the law of Turkmenistan “On Hydrocarbon Resources”, “On Currency Regulation”, “On Foreign Investments”, and “On Investment Activities”, which are aimed at creating a favorable investment climate in the country in order to attract long-term foreign investments and a state guarantee for reliable legal protection of investments and their return.
Among the main factors of the growing attractiveness of Turkmenistan for foreign investors is the stable economic and political situation in the country, as well as the legislative framework and state guarantees.
After the two years break, OGT 2022 will host delegates in person in Ashgabat. Taking into consideration a limited number of international flights, a charter return flight from Dubai to Ashgabat will be arranged. The conference will also be available online format through zoom platform. Meetings on the sidelines of the Conference with the senior management of the Turkmen oil and gas sector will also be available in both in person and online formats. Senior management and representatives of both Turkmen state organizations and leading international oil and gas companies, as well as major international financial institutions are expected to participate in the conference and Expo.