Top ranking representatives from Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and the European Union sat at the table yesterday to discuss adding Turkmenistan, reportedly the holder of worldâ€™s fourth largest natural gas reserves, to a $7 billion project that will carry the Azeri gas to Turkey.
Speaking after talks in Turkmenistanâ€™s Asghabat, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said a structure that would carry Turkmen gas through Azerbaijan in a bid to ease trade was planned, referring to a trans-Caspian pipeline project. â€œWe are a candidate to buy Turkmen gas,â€ he said. The Trans-Anatolia Pipeline (TANAP) project, which was signed in June, is currently a Turkey-Azerbaijan initiative only. Turkmenistanâ€™s Energy Minister Myrat Artykow, Azerbaijanâ€™s Industry & Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev, European Unionâ€™s Energy Commissioner Energy Guenther Oettinger, and Yildiz were present at yesterdayâ€™s talks. â€œTurkmenistan gas cannot stay out of the regionâ€™s gas movement. We talked about how the Turkmen gas could be included in this project within the frame of energy security,â€ Yildiz was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency after a separate meeting with Turkmenistan President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov.
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