Turkmen experts urge ecological safety of TransCaspian pipelines construction
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 25 / corr Trend G.Hasanov /
Construction of the TransCaspian pipelines will not damage the environment and ecology should the specified requirements' are met, according to article published in Oil, Gas Mineral Resources of Turkmenistan journal.
The article cites opinions of experts from TurkmenGeology and Turkmengaz.
Senior Specialist of Ecology Laboratory at the Turkmengaz Oil and Gas Institute Jennet Ovezova, noted that the construction of Trans-Caspian pipelines will not damage the environment and ecology in case all specified requirements are met.
She believes the gas pipeline does not pose danger for water pollution.
"In difference to oil, gas does not blend with water and respectively, does not lead to water pollution and harmful impact on human bodies," the expert underscored. The international experience shows that construction of pipelines and offshore gas pipelines is quite specialized type of natural gas transportation. They are assembled and put into sea ground. This is firm and cheap and safe ecologically."
In turn, department head at the Geology and Exploration Scientific Research Institute of the TurkmenGeology state company, drew attention to the fact that in accordance with economic and ecological requirements of the pipeline construction will be carried out with the consideration of the Caspian's geological structure, which is located mainly in the bounds of two huge geological structures.
According to Durdiyev, northern part of the South-Caspian trench is firm. Therefore, it is better to lay gas pipelines between the cities Turkmenbashi and Baku. The area is relatively shallow and the distances between the shores are smaller.
Foreign observers guess a route via the Caspian is seems more attractive for the Caspian littoral Turkmenistan, which possesses the world's fourth gas reserves following Russia, Iran and Qatar). The most optimal option is construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline to Azerbaijan.
Trans-Caspian pipeline infrastructure ensures durable connection of Caspian resources to the South energy corridor.
South corridor projects include Nabucco, Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP), White Stream, ITGI (Turkey-Greece-Italy gas pipeline). South corridor is one of priority projects for the EU and intended to diversify routes and energy supply sources, ultimately boosting EU energy security.