Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.25/ Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
The Kurdish autonomy of Iraq intends to export 3.2 billion cubic meters of gas a year to Turkey in the first phase, the "Al-Quds Al-Arabi" newspaper quoted the autonomy's Oil Minister Ashti Hawrami as saying.
Hawrami said that supplies to Turkey will be increased eventually to about 15 billion cubic meters per year. The first supplies are expected in 2014, he said.
Hawrami also said it is also possible to export gas from the Kurdish autonomy to Europe through Turkey via gas pipelines or as liquefied gas, which will be produced at the Ceyhan Port.
He said part of the gas supplied to Turkey will be used in power plants, from where the generated electricity will be supplied to the Kurdish autonomy.
According to BP, Iraq's proven gas reserves as of late 2011 amounted to 3.6 trillion cubic meters.
According to the Turkish State Pipeline Company Botas, in 2011 Turkey imported 39.7 billion cubic meters of gas. Russia ranks first among exporters of gas to Turkey. The country is followed by Iran and Azerbaijan.