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2008-08-11 21:00:46

ASHGABAT. Aug 11 (Interfax) - Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has suggested that China increase its purchase of Turkmen natural gas to 40 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year from 30 bcm. "Preliminary data indicates that the reserves of natural gas in Turkmen subsurface resources are much higher than initially thought," Berdimuhamedow said at a meeting with officials from China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Beijing last Friday. The Turkmen media reported that, as a...

2008-08-08 12:00:40

Excerpt from report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax Asgabat, 8 August: Turkmenistan's president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, has proposed that China increase the purchase of [Turkmen] natural gas from 30bn cu.m. up to 40bn cu.m. [a year]. "Preliminary data shows that the underground reserves of Turkmen natural gas are much larger than it was estimated," Berdimuhamedow said at a meeting with the leadership of the Chinese CNPC [China National Petroleum Corporation] in Beijing...

2008-08-06 21:00:31

ASTANA. Aug 6 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan increased oil and gas condensate production 5.6% year-on-year in the first seven months of 2008 to 41.138 million tonnes, a government official told Interfax. Condensate production fell, by 7.1% to 3.708 million tonnes. KazMunayGas, the national oil and gas company, produced 5.54 million tonnes of oil and gas condensate in the seven months, up 0.6% year-on-year. Companies partly owned by KazMunayGas produced 16.942 million tonnes, up 8.9%: joint...

2008-08-05 12:00:59

By Asjylyn Loder, St. Petersburg Times, Fla. Aug. 4--TAMPA -- TECO Energy announced a new natural gas pipeline venture on Monday in a move that underscores Florida's surging reliance on natural gas. Florida's power producers plan to add more than 12,000-megawatts of natural gas-fueled generation between now and 2017, an increase of 45 percent, said Sarah Rogers, president and chief executive of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council. Natural gas supplies 42 percent of...

2008-08-05 09:01:21

Text of report headlined "Pact signed for power import from CARs" by Pakistani newspaper Daily Times website on 5 August [by Zafar Bhutta] Islamabad: Pakistan will sign a commercial agreement with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan by November 30 that would enable the initiation of construction work on a 1000-megawatt power import project from the Central Asian Republics (CAR), sources said on Monday [4 August]. They said the drafts of the agreement would be revised by September 2,...

2008-08-05 06:00:03

By Andrew Jacobs Jake Hooker and Tang Xuemei contributed research. * Two men armed with knives and explosives ambushed a military police unit in China's majority-Muslim northwest region Monday morning, killing 16 officers and wounding 16 others before being arrested, according to the state media. Officials labeled the incident an act of terrorism and suggested the culprits were associated with a separatist movement that is seeking independence for China's Uighur minority, a...

2008-08-04 21:00:23

ASTANA. Aug 4 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan's government is planning to attract a Chinese investor to the project for construction of the social gas pipeline from Beineu to Samsonovka (from the western to southern region of Kazakhstan), said Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeyev. "It was decided to fund this project 50/50: one half will be allocated from the budget and the other by an investor. Under an inter-governmental agreement with China, the Energy Ministry has offered Chinese investors to...

2008-08-04 21:00:23

ASTANA. Aug 4 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan's national oil and gas company KazMunaiGaz and the Chinese national petroleum corporation (CNPC) have signed an agreement on the basic principles of the construction and operation of the Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline. The document was signed by the parties in Astana on July 30, KazMunaiGaz said in a statement. "The agreement cements the basic principles of project funding and regulates issues such as tariff formation, guaranteed gas quantities...

2008-08-04 12:01:17

By ALEX EMERY Peru plans to choose the operators of two natural-gas pipelines in September as it tries to boost gas consumption and reduce the Andean country's dependence on crude oil imports, President Alan Garcia says. The Energy & Mines Ministry will pick operators for a 675-mile pipeline to the south coast from the southern jungle Camisea gas fields, and to the northern coastal port of Chimbote from Lima, Garcia said in his annual state-of-the-nation speech to...

2008-08-04 09:00:31

HK mountaineer's remains discovered on Mt.Bogda after missing for 10 years URUMQI, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- A corpse discovered by Chinese glacier researchers by chance last month in Mt. Bogda in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has turned out to be that of a Hong Kong mountaineer missing ten years ago, according to local police. The researchers with the Lanzhou glacier and frozen earth institute were conducting scientific exploration when they found the corpse on July 23,...


Latest Central Asia Reference Libraries

Mediterranean Black Widow, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of date, though it is still commonly found in the literature. Many consider this spider a Latrodectus...

Kazakh Steppe
2013-04-18 23:05:43

The Kazakh Steppe, alternatively called Kirghiz Steppe, ecoregion located in the Palearctic Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, is a wide region of open grassland in the northern part of Kazakhstan and adjacent portions of Russia, stretching eastwards to the Pontic steppe and to the west of the Emin Valley steppe, with which it creates part of the Eurasian steppe. The steppe stretches out more than 2,200 kilometers from the area east of the Caspian Depression and north of...

Pontic-Caspian Steppe
2013-04-18 22:55:55

The Pontic-Caspian Steppe is the massive steppeland that stretches from the northern shores of the Black Sea as far east as the Caspian Sea, from western Ukraine across the Southern Federal District and the Volga Federal District of Russia to western Kazakhstan, creating part of the larger Eurasian steppe, adjacent to the Kazakh steppe towards the east. It’s a portion of the Palearctic temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregion of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and...

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2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe to the Bering Sea. There are five sub-regions of the Palearctic: European-Siberian, Mediterranean...

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2009-07-01 11:16:49

The yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium punctorium) is a spider that is found from Central Asia to central Europe. The yellow sac spider can reach about 0.6 inches in length. This spider can penetrate the human skin. The bite of this spider may feel similar to a wasp sting though it may be a bit more severe, however susceptible persons may have stronger reactions such as nausea. Female yellow sac spiders build about a 4 centimeter egg-sac in tall grass. It is aggressively defended and opens...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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