Ambassador: Turkey supports projects to supply Turkmen energy resources to Europe
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov. 1 /Trend, H.Hasanov/
Turkey supports projects to supply Turkmen energy resources to Europe, Turkish Ambassador to Turkmenistan Shevki Mutevellioglu said in his address to media, dedicated to the 88th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.
"Along with the implementation of new routes for export of Turkmen energy resources such as TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India), Turkey supports the implementation of projects on their supplies to Europe as well," the statement says.
Both countries are interested in implementing a project of transporting Turkmen gas to Europe. In particular, the version of laying a gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea and its connection to the Nabucco transnational project is considered.
The diplomat noted that Turkmenistan assumes a crucial importance in ensuring energy security.
According to him, Turkmenistan is the largest and most reliable energy power, directing its oil and gas wealth for the benefit of mankind.
Turkmenistan ranks the fourth in terms of natural gas reserves in the world after Russia, Iran and Qatar. The largest gas reserve is located in the country's east in Mary Velayat on the chain fields - Southern Yoloten-Osman-Minar-Yashlar with common reserves projected at more than 26 trillion cubic meters of gas.
Ashgabat pursues a policy of diversification of energy exports to world markets. Amongst the present, the Turkish ambassador called the gas pipelines from Turkmenistan to destinations in China, Russia and Iran.
According to information, Turkey remains one of the largest trading partners of Turkmenistan. If the trade turnover between the two countries in 2005 totaled $341 million, at the end of 2010, the figure was about $3 billion.
Turkmenistan has registered more than 600 Turkish companies that operate in sectors such as trade and investment, construction, energy, textile and processing industries, tourism and other fields.