Turkey 'became important for Europe's gas supply problem'

Turkish energy minister Yildiz said that Turkey became an important part of the solution of Europe's supply security problem in natural gas.

Turkey 'became important for Europe's gas supply problem'

Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said on Saturday that Turkey, with Nabucco and South Stream projects, became an important part of the solution of Europe's supply security problem in natural gas.

Speaking to Al Jazeera television, Yildiz said that the recent energy agreements between Turkey and Russia strengthened Turkey's geostrategic location.

When recalled that Nabucco and South Stream were two rival projects, Yildiz said that natural gas need of Europe was increasing each day, and the important thing was to supply natural gas.

Upon a question whether Turkey had any problem in oil exploration in the north of Iraq, Yildiz said that Iraq had entered a normalization process after war milieu. Recalling that Turkish Petroleum Corp. (TPAO) was pursuing oil exploration in the region, Yildiz said that Turkey had a problem in this issue because hydrocarbon law had not been adopted yet in Iraq.

Regarding water issue between Turkey, Syria and Iraq, Yildiz said that an agreement was signed in 1986, and accordingly, Turkey protected its commitment of 500 cubic meters/sec since then.

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Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2009, 15:16
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