Difficult situation in Middle East negatively affects pipeline projects implementation

Oil&Gas Materials 14 September 2011 17:48

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.14 / Trend, E. Ismayilov /

The current political situation in the Middle East calls into question implementation of projects in the short term period, which are designed to supply gas through the region, a senior official of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) said on Monday.

Commenting on possible purchase of the Azerbaijani gas by Israel after complication of Israel's relations with Egypt, SOCAR representative said that the Israeli side has not yet made new proposals on this matter.

He said against the background of a delay in the process of the gas pipeline construction from Turkey to Syria gas transportation in this direction becomes impossible in fact.

According to SOCAR representative, the difficult political situation in Syria can negatively affect economic sphere. "I doubt that work to build the gas pipeline from Turkey to Syria may be soon completed," he said.

Supply of the Azerbaijani gas to Syria will be possible after completing the construction of the pipeline Turkey - Syria (Kilisi-Aleppo). However, political instability in Syria may affect the time of project completion.

Turkish BOTAS company plans to complete the route linking Turkey with Syrian Aleppo next year. This route will allow SOCAR to sell gas to Jordan and Israel.

The length of the gas pipeline between Aleppo and Kilisi is about 65 kilometers.