Turkmenistan hopeful about Nabucco

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Turkmenistan is eager to work with its partners in Azerbaijan on important natural gas projects for Europe, including Nabucco, the president said.

Christian Dolezal, a spokesman for the Nabucco pipeline consortium, said last week that there was enough natural gas in Iraq and Azerbaijan to have the project on stream by 2015.


Europe aims to break the Russian grip on the European energy sector through the so-called Southern Corridor of transit networks that includes the Nabucco pipeline.

Dolezal in his remarks said he was "confident" there were enough resources for his project. Despite political support for Nabucco, the project lacks firm commitments from potential gas suppliers, however.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in a statement from Istanbul that he had no doubts about the prospect of working on projects like Nabucco with Azerbaijan.

"All Caspian states are interested in revitalization of joint work in this area," he was quoted by the online news agency as saying. "It is Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan who now demonstrate the most constructive attitude to intensification of friendly and mutually beneficial relations. Our countries do not have any open issues."


Nabucco will run from the Turkish borders with Georgia and Iraq through Turkey to Austria.

Construction starts in 2012.

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