BRI in Central Asia: Energy Connectivity Projects

Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)
Written by

Indra Øverland

Forsker I, Leder for Forskningsgruppen for klima og energi



One of the strategic objectives of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia is to provide China with alternative import/export and energy supply routes. This data article shows that the presentation and coverage of BRI projects varies considerably from country to country. The largest number of BRI projects in Central Asia are implemented in Kazakhstan and are in the oil and gas sector. By contrast, Turkmenistan is implementing only a few Chinese energy projects, though they are large-scale and its sum of investment is the second-largest of the Central Asian states.