Turkey puts pipe plan on Ashgabat table

Turkey has offered to revive the idea of building a pipeline to deliver gas from Turkmenistan via Iran, Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said today.

Turkey puts pipe plan on Ashgabat table
Guler said Turkish President Abdullah Gul made the offer during talks with Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat.

"They are going to discuss the project to build a Turkmenistan-Iran-Turkey gas pipeline with capacity of 16 billion cubic metres per year," Guler, who is travelling with Gul's delegation said.

Turkish government sources said yesterday that Ankara also planned to propose a joint venture with Turkmenistan to operate the ex-Soviet state's abundant natural gas and oilfields.

Turkey, which is seeking to become a regional energy transit hub, has signed a natural gas supply contract with Iran but some European Union countries have misgivings because Iran is subject to United Nations sanctions over its nuclear programme.

Turkey is also involved in the consortium planning to build the 31 Bcm Nabucco pipeline to take Caspian gas to Europe.

The consortium, which includes Austria's OMV, Hungary's MOL , Bulgaria's Bulgargaz and Romania's Transgaz, has secured gas from Azerbaijan but also sees Iran and Turkmenistan as other possible suppliers for the route.

Turkmenistan and Russia are also discussing building a Caspian Gas Pipeline, linking Turkmen gas with global markets via Russian territory, but the project has been delayed due to a pricing dispute.

The Russia-proposed pipeline would have capacity of between 10 Bcm and 20 Bcm per year.

Turkmenistan, which currently exports most of its gas through Russia, is also working on a separate pipeline to China.

Some analysts have questioned the country's ability to go ahead with so many projects at once, but Turkmenistan says it has enough gas reserves for everyone.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Aralık 2007, 16:09
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