Official: Iran, Turkey agree to transfer Turkmen gas to Europe
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sep.8/ Trend F.Milad/
Iran and Turkey have agreed to transfer natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe, the National Iranian Gas Company's managing director Javad Owji stated.
The Mehr news agency quoted Javad Owji as saying that tantamount to the volume of natural gas which is projected to be exported to Europe via Turkey, Turkmenistan will transit its gas via Iran to Turkey.
On September 4, Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi held talks with Turkish Development Minister Cevdet Yılmaz in Tehran with the main topic of increasing exports of Iranian gas to its neighboring country.
According to Iranian media outlets, Yılmaz said an Iranian delegation will travel to Turkey for further negotiations with Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.
The third section of the 6th cross country gas pipeline of Iran, which is aimed to export natural gas to Europe via Turkey, is around 48 percent complete, Alireza Gharibi, the managing director of Iran's Gas Engineering and Development Company, said earlier.
Once the pipeline comes on stream, it will have the capacity to transfer 100 million cubic meters of gas per day.
However, the economic feasibility of the Southern Gas Corridor and in particular the construction of 300 km of pipes beneath the waters of the Caspian Sea (Trans-Caspian gas pipeline), is said to be cheaper and shorter.
A meeting of senior representatives of energy ministries of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, was held earlier this week in Ashgabat and was another step in the achievement of this goal. The main issue in the talks was the implementation of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.