This June saw an important step in Turkmenistan’s strive to open its country for European visitors. On the shores of the Caspian Sea, and right next to the most important energy infrastructure of the country, the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov opened the gates to the first hotels of the progressing AWAZA tourist area.
The Awaza area will in the near future host some 60 Hotels, apartment complexes and further infrastructure, as Turkmenistan’s government plans to invest roughly one billion USD into development of the project. The framework conditions seem right, as favourable weather, sandy beaches and the clear water of the Caspian Sea are attractive to visitors. Representatives of RWE had been invited to the opening ceremony and used this chance to congratulate the President and members of the cabinet of minsters on the great achievements.
In April of this year, RWE had entered into an Energy partnership with Turk-menistan. Since then several visits of RWE staff to Turkmenistan and Turkmen visits to RWE locations have taken place. Turkmenistan and RWE have agreed upon investigating and discussing first direct deliveries of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Germany and Europe. RWE will also engage in the exploration and development of natural gas resources in Turkmenistan’s western Caspian Sea.