Azerbaijan's desire to export its gas to China depends on efficiency of China's proposals: U.S. expert
Baku, Azerbaijan, September 29 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /
Azerbaijan can consider the possibility of exporting its gas to China, through the availability of effective proposals from China, said Senior Research Fellow at Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University of Canada, Robert Cutler.
"If China is able to offer good conditions for Azerbaijan at the price and volume of delivery [gas], Baku will seriously consider this issue," Cutler, who is on visit to Baku, said to a press briefing at the TREND press center.
Offer to transport Azerbaijani gas via Kazakhstan-China pipeline was made in September during the meeting of President of the Kazakhstan National Company KazMunaiGaz, Kairgeldi Kabildin with the President of SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) Rovnag Abdullayev.
Gas demand in China began to increase sharply since mid 1990s. In 1995, gas consumption was 17.7 billion cubic meters. In the beginning of 2009, according to BP, the gas demand in the country reached 80.7 billion cubic meters, which is 15.8 percent higher than consumed in 2007. The share of gas demand in China in 2008 amounted to 2.7 percent of the world total demand.
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