BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb.6. The gas network system in the East Balkans is already ready for receiving gas from Azerbaijan - as soon as it reaches the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, it can be transported to the north, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Moldova Andrei Spinu said in an exclusive interview with Trend.
“The route is ready and open also for Azerbaijani gas,” added Spinu.
Talking about the meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council, he noted that Moldova government delegation to the meeting was focused on promoting long term partnership relationships with countries involved in the Corridor.
“Dramatic situation on energy market in 2022 and on, makes us all in Europe aware of how important is diversification of routes and origins of sources of energy supplies. For many years Europe was focused on supplying energy from two, sometimes three hydrocarbon-rich countries. But last year showed that still the situation is not safe enough. Last year showed how sensitive and vulnerable energy market in Europe is. Europe has to do his homework and increase cooperation with other major energy players. Caspian and Black Sea Region countries are the closest, but for many years were underestimated. Now it is changing very rapidly. That is why in our opinion we should put much more of our efforts and activity towards Caspian Region to establish finally long-term partnership with countries like Azerbaijan or Türkiye which are not only reliable partners but are also able to contribute to restore stability on energy market. Only partnership relations between countries can create a stable and secure conditions for growing of our economies,” added the minister.
Andrei Spinu noted that the role of SGC is crucial for Europe, and especially for South and South Eastern part of Europe.
“After 2022 we are all pretty aware that there is immediate necessity to bring to European market one more direction of supplies. Apart of LNG, Norwegian and North African direction there should be one more hydrocarbons stream from South East. That is why Azerbaijan with its enormous production and Türkiye with its key role in transportation of hydrocarbons by pipelines but also by oil and LNG vessels, should become new important energy partners for Europe,” he noted.
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