Azerbaijan will not sell all its gas via one export route

Azerbaijan will not sell all its gas via one export route

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 10 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /

Azerbaijan seeks to diversify its gas exports and Azerbaijan's strategic interests include selling some amount of its gas to Turkey and Europe, Expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) Marcel Vietor said.

"Diversifying energy resources is safer and wiser than selling the entire volume to a single buyer and Azerbaijan is aware of this," Vietor said. "I assume that the diversification of some part of Azerbaijani gas through its sale to Europe and Turkey is in the interests of the country."

Gas produced as part of a full-scale development of the large Azerbaijani gas field Shah-Deniz is regarded as a source for projects such as Nabucco , ITGI (Turkey-Greece-Italy) and TAP (Trans-Adriatic pipeline).

Partners to develop the Shah Deniz field intend to sign contracts for the sale of gas from the second stage of the project in mid-2011.

However, despite that it is profitable for Azerbaijan to diversify its energy supplies to Europe, Azerbaijan is unlikely to agree to export all the gas to the EU in order subsequently not to become dependent on this direction.

"Azerbaijan does not have enough gas that is necessary to fill the Nabucco pipeline fully. Even it had, Baku likely won't send all of its gas to one direction by the Nabucco pipeline," Vietor said.

There is an existing infrastructure, the Baku-Tbilisi- Erzurum pipeline (BTE) for Azerbaijani gas transportation to Nabucco. However, the BTE's existing capacity is not enough to transport all necessary gas to Nabucco, not mentioning the other Southern Corridor projects. It is however an advantage that BTE pipeline already exists, Vietor believes.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline (South Caucasus Pipeline) is designed to transport Azerbaijani gas to Georgia and Turkey.

"Azerbaijan could think about building another pipeline just next to it, where there would be a big extends of capacity," he said.

Vietor said the country has to simply upgrade this transportation route that is at least easier than building a new one. But nevertheless one has to invest in such pipelines.

Vietor said Azerbaijan has an important role for Nabucco, because Europe expects that it would be the first country, which will give its gas to this project.

Azerbaijan is also important as a transit country for the Turkmen gas, he said. It is expected to fill Nabucco with the Turkmen and Iraqi gas in addition to Azerbaijani.

The question is how Turkmen gas can be transferred to Turkey, and onward to the European Union, Vietor added.

There are four possibilities for transportation by pipelines: the first way is via the Caspian Sea, but it is difficult because of the legal issue of the unresolved Caspian Sea status. Meanwhile, Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov stated earlier that the construction of underwater pipelines in the Caspian Sea should be settled only between the participating countries of this process, through following the highest environmental standards.

Also there will be alternatives to build pipelines onshore through Iran or Russia, which is again contested.

"Due to the controversies about Iran's nuclear program many actors don't want to participate in such a project," he said.

"The other way can be Russia that would also be a difficult option, because if Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan decide to transport gas to Turkey and Europe, they would likely do it excluding Russia. The aim of diversification is to reduce Russia's influence at the expense of gas sales by other manufacturers," he said.

Vietor said the fourth option might be delivering gas by ships, but might not be economically available.

"All this four options have problems. The most desirable option is the fist - to build pipeline on the ground of the Caspian Sea. If this project will not realized, there is a possibility that the gas would not be transported at all from Turkmenistan Westwards," Vietor said.

Tesla recalls 48,442 vehicles in China
Tesla recalls 48,442 vehicles in China
Israeli cabinet approves Bahrain normalization accord
Israeli cabinet approves Bahrain normalization accord
Russia’s coronavirus case tally exceeds 1.5 mln
Russia’s coronavirus case tally exceeds 1.5 mln
Loading Bars
Operational meeting was held under leadership of President, Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev at Central Command Post of Ministry of Defense (PHOTO)
Ethnic Russian soldier dies in battle to liberate Azerbaijani lands from Armenian occupation
Commanders of Armenian armed forces hold meetings at kindergarden (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani army destroying Armenian armed forces on ground and in air - Anar Eyvazov
Azerbaijani army neutralizes high-ranking Armenian soldier
Armenian armed forces forced to retreat, suffering losses (VIDEO)
Footage from Azerbaijani Jabrayil and Zangilan regions liberated from occupation unveiled (VIDEO)
Armenian terrorist killed in Nagorno-Karabakh
Iran’s NICICO enhances its sales value
Weapon emplacements of Armenian Armed Forces destroyed, says Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan (VIDEO)
Tesla recalls 48,442 vehicles in China
Azerbaijani NGOs apply to relevant int'l structures regarding Armenia's involvement of children in military operations
Islamabad condemns killing of Azerbaijani civilians by Armenian Armed Forces (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Armenia admits loss of 11 more servicemen
Israeli cabinet approves Bahrain normalization accord
Iran boosts pickup manufacturing
Azerbaijan confirms 228 more COVID-19 recoveries
Liberation of Azerbaijani lands from occupation - gratifying – Iranian General
Canadian Azerbaijanis protest against Armenian attacks on Ganja (PHOTOS)
US too knows Armenia is terrorist state, MP
Military uniform price in Armenia increase
Russia’s coronavirus case tally exceeds 1.5 mln
Azerbaijani army destroying military equipment, in background of which Pashinyan took selfie (PHOTO)
554 streets disinfected in Baku (PHOTOS)
Footage about Armenia's missile attack on Ganja prepared (VIDEO)
Funeral service for 13-year-old Arthur, who died due to Armenian terror, being held in church in Ganja (PHOTOS)
Iran assigns lands to develop Pardis Technology Park
Will Iran export water?
Iran to increase in detergents and sanitizers price
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for October 25
US Azerbaijanis hold protest in San Francisco against Armenian terror (PHOTOS)
Azerbaijani army heroically fighting for liberation of native lands from Armenian occupation (VIDEO)
Names of foreign mercenaries fighting in Karabakh within Armenian army revealed
Armenia must be held accountable for using children in battles, Azerbaijani expert
Azerbaijan announces recent statistics on COVID-19 cases across country
Armenian doctor who issued fake COVID-19 certificates to evade conscription arrested
Iran’s CBI announces volume of funds allocated for imports of essential products
Assistant to Azerbaijani president gives interview to leading Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram
Footage from Azerbaijani Gubadli region liberated from occupation unveiled (VIDEO)
Armenian military attacks against Azerbaijan along bordering regions - acts of aggression as enshrined in UN Charter, says Azerbaijani top official
Armenian Armed Forces shelling Azerbaijani Aghdam, Tartar and Agjabedi regions - MoD
Azerbaijani president's aide comments on French delegation's visit to Armenia
Volume of loans attracted for purchase of agricultural machinery in Iran revealed
Azerbaijan Army uses precision weapons against Armenian Armed Forces (VIDEO)
Iranian gov't to impose strict limitations to fight COVID-19
Production of home appliances in Iran increases
Export of agricultural products from Iran's Kurdistan region increases
Georgia reports 1 928 new coronavirus cases, 604 recoveries
President Ilham Aliyev gave interview to US Fox News TV channel (PHOTO)
Iran strongly condemns disrespect for Prophet of Islam in France
Iran unveils amount of loans issued to services sector
Bahar Azadi gold coin price falling in Iran
Statement made following investigation of Armenia's shelling of civilians in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan close to military victory in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - Russian analyst
Armenia's hopes that Russia to help it fight against Azerbaijan doomed to fail - expert
New refrigeration unit commissioned in Georgia
U.S. Vice President Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19
Azerbaijan forces Armenian troops to retreat in Gubadli direction - MoD
Significant amount of Armenian Armed Forces’ manpower, equipment destroyed - MoD
Azerbaijani troops advance new positions in Khojavend, Gubadli, Lachin directions of front
Over 150 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
Volume of loans issued to trade sector in Iran disclosed
WHO reports record increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases of over 465,000 in 24 hours
Samsung chief Lee dies
5.4-magnitude quake hits 74 km off Kawalu, Indonesia
Turkey reports 2,091 COVID-19 patients
Yemen's Houthis targeted two airports and a base in Saudi Arabia
Brazil reports another 432 COVID-19 deaths
Moscow's death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rises by 68
Afghan forces kill senior al Qaeda leader al-Masri who was on FBI most wanted list
UK records another 23,012 coronavirus cases with 174 deaths
Helpless on battlefield Armenia spreads false, provocative information - Azerbaijani MoD
Hikmet Hajiyev: Using children under 15 as soldiers is a war crime
8 killed, 4 injured in road accident in Pakistan's Punjab province
Necessary conditions will be created to extradite Armenian prisoners of war and civilians to third countries - MoD
Armenian army's combat equipment destroyed (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry calls on civilians in occupied territories to stay away from military facilities
Ministry of Defense: Armenian Armed Forces resort to provocations to prevent operations of Azerbaijani army
Iran declares amount of loans issued to housing & construction sector
Armenia continues to use underage children in military hostilities (VIDEO)
Photo of another missile launched by Armenia against Azerbaijan unveiled (PHOTO)
President Ilham Aliyev on political objectives of Armenian military attack on Azerbaijan
In center of Baku, there is Armenian church, but mosques on occupied territories were destroyed - President Aliyev
With Georgia our relations are excellent, says Azerbaijani president
Armenian government should not try to frighten its population with Turkey - President Aliyev
And after war with Armenia stops, political settlement enforced, role of Turkey will be very important, very positive - President Aliyev
Wounds of war must be healed by political wisdom, by political will - President Aliyev
Armenian government should understand that they are not now in position to dictate - President Aliyev
Best way for future of Karabakh - to live in peace in harmony, try to become good neighbors again, says President Aliyev
Unlike Armenia, from Russia we buy weapons, we pay for them, says Azerbaijani president
Turkey is not involved in the conflict at all - Azerbaijani president
If Armenia didn’t violate ceasefire today clashes would have stopped - President Aliyev
We cleaned completely the Azerbaijani-Iranian border from Armenian occupants, and there will be no more inconvenience for our brothers across river of Araz in Iran - President Aliyev
If Armenia do not stop, we will go until end to liberate all occupied territories - Azerbaijani president
Azerbaijan became already regional hub for not only for energy, but also for transportation - President Aliyev
Armenia - occupier, obliged to liberate territories of Azerbaijan - Lebanese political scientist
Loans of dead servicemen and persons affected by hostilities to be repaid in Azerbaijan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Azerbaijan begins to return its lands
Azerbaijani army liberates occupied lands with great inspiration (VIDEO)
Religious confessions of Azerbaijan demonstrate solidarity in fight against Armenian terror (VIDEO)
All news