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Turkmenistan gas can be delivered to Europe via Turkey

Experts describe the transportation of Turkmenistan gas to Turkey and Europe via the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) as a ‘historic event’ and say that this initiative should be supported.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met at the 1st Summit of Presidents of Turkey-Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan, hosted by Turkmenistan President Serdar Berdimuhammedov, held in the Avaza region of Turkmenistan the previous day. At the meeting, where negotiations were also held for the transportation of Turkmenistan gas to Turkey and Europe, the ‘Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of Cooperation in the Field of Energy’ was signed between the three countries.

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Evaluating the agreement, Oxford Energy Studies Institute Research Assistant Gulmira Rzayeva said that Turkmenistan has a large natural gas reserve and exports billions of cubic meters of gas to Russia and China every year. Rzayeva stated that the transportation of Turkmen gas first to Azerbaijan and then to Turkey and Europe via TANAP as liquefied natural gas (LNG) is not cost-effective, but it would be more advantageous to make this shipment by constructing a pipeline. Noting that Turkmenistan gas could be transported with a consortium of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey with a volume of 10 billion cubic meters at first, Rzayeva also expressed that Turkmenistan gas may be more suitable for Turkey than other gas supply countries, considering the cost.

Rzayeva also stated that if Turkmen gas is procured at an affordable price, Turkey’s hand will be strengthened against other countries from which it buys gas. It makes it one of the most industrially rich countries in the region or even in the world. Turkey already produces and exports a lot today, but it needs gas. If Turkey has gas, it can replace Germany. In the future, more gas can be supplied from this source, up to 30 billion cubic meters, which Turkmenistan has such a potential. This, of course, can be exported to Europe through Turkey,” he said.

“Europe should support this initiative”

The Oil and Gas Director of the Union of Mediterranean Countries Energy Companies, Chat Karbuz, described the summit on Turkmen gas as a ‘nice development’ and said that the amount of gas to be shipped from Turkmenistan and the Friendship Zone of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan should be clarified.

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