The participation of the Turkmen delegation headed by the adviser to the President of Turkmenistan on oil and gas issues Yagshygeldi Kakayev in the meeting of the Advisory Council of the southern gas corridor (SGC) in Baku was a new promising step in the implementation of this project, said American analyst Vladimir Sokor, reports the Turkmen information portal TURKMENPORTAL.COM.
According to the expert, Turkmenistan is the only country in the region that has real resources and opportunities to supply gas through the SGC. The fact is that Kazakhstan has very limited gas surpluses, besides, Astana has signed a long-term agreement with Gazprom and all its unused stock, about 10 billion cubic meters per year, is sent to a gas processing plant in Orenburg.
There is some surplus in Uzbekistan, but his gas is highly chemically contaminated by impurities of sulphates. The injection of such hydrocarbon into TANAP may lead to a decrease in the quality of Azerbaijani gas from the Shah Deniz field, which, accordingly, will affect its price. Uzbek gas needs to be cleared for export via SGC. To date, there is no economic and commercial preconditions for the accession of Uzbekistan to the SGC, said Vladimir Socor.
"As for Iran's participation in the SGC, it is more a political issue. It's safe to say that the involvement of Iran in the project will be blocked by US President trump," he said.
So from all countries of the region, only Turkmenistan has the resources and to join the Azerbaijani project of the southern gas corridor, the expert believes.
At the meeting of Ministers of the SGC project in Baku, Vice-President of the European Commission for energy Union, co-Chairman of the Advisory Council of the southern gas corridor marosh Shefchovich said that with representatives of Ashgabat, along with the export of Turkmen gas for SGC, the issue of laying the TRANS-Caspian gas pipeline was considered. Turkmenistan is interested in gas supplies to European markets, and Azerbaijan supports negotiations with it, and certain agreements have already been reached.
The first deliveries of Azerbaijani gas from Shah Deniz field through TANAP to Turkey will begin in mid-2018, in the amount of 6 billion cubic meters.
In 2020 is expected to Azerbaijani gas supplies in the amount of ten billion cubic meters of TAP to European markets.