Ankara and Baku Agree on Azerbaijani Gas Delivery via Nabucco Pipeline: Turkish Premier
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 June / corr Trend M.Guliyev / Turkey and Azerbaijan have agreed to transport part of Azerbaijani gas via the European Union supported Nabucco gas pipeline along with the South Caucasus pipeline. "Ankara and Baku have decided to direct a part of Azerbaijani gas to Nabucco gas pipeline", Recep Tayyib Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, told to journalists on 4 June.
This decision was made on 4 June as a result of talks held in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic at top level, between the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan.
The prime minister said that a part of Azerbaijani gas, which is transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum pipeline, will be directed to cover Turkey's demand of this crude.
Nabucco will transport gas from Azerbaijan and Central Asia to the EU via Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. First supplies will begin in 2013. The total budget of the project is estimated at $7.4bln. The gas from Central Asia to Nabucco may be delivered via the planned Tran-Caspian pipeline, to be built via the Caspian ground.
The Trans-Caspian gas pipeline can be built up to Azerbaijan, from the Caspian coast of Kazakhstan or Turkmenistan. The Mediterranean gas will be transported from Azerbaijan to exit of the Nabucco gas pipeline through the existing South Caucasus gas pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum).