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Japan is ready to continue cooperating with Turkmenistan in the field of decarbonization (transition to a low-carbon economy), according to the Foreign Ministry of Japan.

State minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Kenji Yamada, at a meeting with Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadurdy Bayramov, also spoke about the possibilities of "investment in people," including vocational training.

In addition, he noted that diversification of transport routes is important for the Central Asian region, and Tokyo would like to work closely with interested countries.

Turkmenistan is a key player in the region's energy market and seeks to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry.

With the support of foreign companies, international organizations, and financial institutions, Ashgabat plans to achieve zero growth in greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2030.

One such project was implemented by Japanese companies Kawasaki and Sojitz with the participation of Turkish Rönesans, using Japanese investment and funds of the Turkmengaz state concern.

In 2019, near Ashgabat, in Owadan-depe, these companies commissioned a plant that was the first in the world to produce synthetic gasoline from natural gas on an industrial scale.

The Kawasaki website says "that, unlike the conventional crude oil-based approach, use of natural gas as a raw material enables the GTG (Gas to Gasoline) plant to produce high-quality gasoline while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions".

The plant's annual capacity is 600,000 tons of A-92 gasoline, 12,000 tons of diesel fuel, and 115,000 tons of liquefied gas. At this stage, we are negotiating the construction of a second similar enterprise in Turkmenistan.

Credits: Eziz Boyarov, Ashgabat

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