Eu Proposal: Gas could reach Europe via Iran

Officials in Iran have called the Trans-Caspian pipeline uneconomic

Afp May 01, 2015

ASHGABAT: European Union Energy In charge Maros Sefcovic has said that Europe could import natural gas from ex-Soviet Turkmenistan via Iran as Brussels ramps up efforts to break its dependence on Russian-sourced energy. Speaking after a meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in the capital Ashgabat, Sefcovic, the vice president of the European Commission for Energy Union, also said he expected that imports of Turkmen gas via a pipeline built under the Caspian Sea could begin as soon as 2019. Sefcovic said the two had discussed the possibility of building a pipeline through the Caspian Sea as well as through Iran, since diplomatic relations with Iran are developing positively. “The EU hopes that negotiations between the big six and Iran will conclude successfully,” he added. Officials in Iran have called the Trans-Caspian pipeline uneconomic.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2015.

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