Ashgabat, Bucharest to expand energy cooperation
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 23 /Trend H.Hasanov/
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has approved the Turkmen part of the Turkmen-Romanian Working Commission on Energy Cooperation, an official Turkmen source said on Friday.
Annaguly Deryaev, the chairman of the Turkmen state concern Turkmennebit, was appointed as the head of the commission. According to the decree, it will further develop the energy
partnership between Turkmenistan and Romania.
Ashgabat and Bucharest occupy the same positions on issues of international energy security and diversifying energy supplies to markets.
Romania is directly interested in gaining direct access to Turkmen gas. Romanian Transgaz is a participant in Nabucco pipeline project, together with the Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Turkish Botas and German RWE.
The Nabucco is aimed at getting access to various sources of fossil fuels, including energy resources of the Caspian region.
Turkmenistan expressed interest also in a gas pipeline project AGRI (Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector), which provide delivery of liquefied gas through the Caspian Sea Black Sea coast of Georgia to Romania.
The Baku Declaration on the AGRI project was signed on Sept. 14, 2010. Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary are all interested in its implementation.
The AGRI project envisages transporting Azerbaijani gas via pipelines to the Black Sea coast of Georgia, where it will be liquefied at a special terminal.
The gas will then be delivered to a terminal at the Romanian port of Constanta via tankers. Later, the liquefied gas will be converted to natural gas and directed towards covering the needs of Romania and other European countries.