Turkmenistan plans to negotiate with EU on energy sector co-op
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Sept. 29
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
A meeting was held with Christian Berger, the head of the EU delegation, at the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan.
During the talks, the parties discussed further steps to expand cooperation in the energy sector, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"In this context, the parties noted the upcoming visits of the delegation of Turkmenistan to Brussels," the report said.
It was reported in May that the European Union and Turkmenistan are committed to implementation of the Trans-Caspian pipeline project, designed to bring Turkmen gas to the European market.
The negotiations on the delivery of Turkmen gas to Europe have been conducted since 2011. The Southern Gas Corridor, which also includes the Trans-Caspian project, remains a priority for the EU.
In May 2015, the Ashgabat Declaration on energy was signed by the ministers of energy of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic.
The project to lay a 300-kilometer gas pipeline along the bottom of the Caspian Sea to the shores of Azerbaijan is optimal for the delivery of Turkmen resources to the European market.
The Turkmen fuel can be transported further and delivered to Turkey, which borders European countries. The Trans-Caspian gas pipeline could become a part of several large-scale projects, including AGRI (Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector), and TANAP, the participants of which are Azerbaijan and Turkey.