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22 august 2016

Azerbaijan doesn’t see obstacle for bringing gas from Turkmenistan under Caspian Sea

In Azerbaijan we don’t see an obstacle for bringing gas from Turkmenistan under the Caspian Sea, Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy Vice President of SOCAR told EurActiv online magazine in an exclusive interview.

He was commenting on Russia’s possible obstruction of such a project, due to the unfinished delimitation of the Caspian Sea

“We recognize that the borders of the sectors between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have not been delimited,” he said. “But laying down a pipe doesn’t in any way interfere with the legal status. It doesn’t matter on which seabed the pipe is running, fees and taxes are not due offshore.”

But not only gas from Turkmenistan can run through the Southern Gas Corridor, he said.

“There is gas in Iran, and very much gas,” said Baylarbayov. “And there is a lot of gas in Iraq and Syria. And there is now gas in Israel, and there is gas in Cyprus.”

The negotiations among the EU, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline began in September 2011.

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