The European Union continues to look for ways to connect Turkmenistan to the Southern gas corridor project. This was stated by Vice-President of the European Commission for energy Marosh Shefchovich on Thursday at a press conference on the outcome of the fourth meeting of Ministers in the framework of the meeting of the Advisory Board of the "Southern gas corridor" in Baku, Trend reports.
"We maintain regular contacts and hold meetings with the Turkmen side on the implementation of the project of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, through which it will be possible to supply Turkmen gas to Europe. A few years ago, the EU received a mandate for negotiations with Turkmenistan on this issue. The Turkmen side reiterated its interest in joining the "Southern gas corridor". We highly appreciate Azerbaijan's role in studying ways of connecting Turkmenistan to the Southern gas corridor. We agreed to continue negotiations on this issue," - he said.
In 2011, the European Union adopted a mandate to negotiate a legally binding Treaty between the EU, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on construction of Trans-Caspian pipeline system. The EU first proposed a Treaty in support of an infrastructure project. The Trans-Caspian pipeline agreement will lay the groundwork for the construction of an underwater pipeline connecting Turkmenistan with Azerbaijan and, in turn, will link this pipeline with the infrastructure that will deliver gas from Central Asia to the EU.
The Southern gas corridor is one of the priority projects for the EU and provides for the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe. At the initial stage, the gas is considered to be produced within the second phase of development of the Azerbaijani gas condensate field Shah Deniz as the main source for the projects of the Southern gas corridor. Other sources may be connected to the project at a later stage.
Gas will be exported to Turkey and European markets through the expansion of the South Caucasus gas pipeline and the construction of TANAP and TAP as part of the second stage of the field development.