Azerbaijan, Baku, March 1 / Trend , S. Aliyev /
Azerbaijan plans to start its natural gas supplies to Syria in late 2010. During Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's visit to Azerbaijan in July 2009, the sides have agreed to supply one billion cubic meters of gas, Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Ministry's Spokesman Azer Mansimli said today.
He said a delegation headed by Azerbaijani industry and energy minister Natik Aliyev left for Syria. The delegation includes SOCAR representatives. They intend to discuss implementation of this agreement.
Earlier, Syria and Turkey reached agreement on the construction of a connecting pipeline between the gas-transport systems in these countries. It will be commissioned by the end of 2010. After completion of this process, Azerbaijani gas can be transported to Syria on this route.
Today Azerbaijan supplies its gas to Turkey from gas condensate field Shah Deniz via the South Caucasus gas pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum).
However, Azerbaijan still continues talks with Turkey on the transit of its gas through this country.
The package envisages the agreement for the transit of Azerbaijani gas through Turkey's territory, as well as prices and amount of gas in the first and second stages of the Shah Deniz field for Turkey.