Turkish minister reports on gas and energy projects

Mar 15, 2002 01:00 AM

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Zeki Cakan said on March 13 that the integration of Turkey's natural gas and electricity network with European network via Greece and Bulgaria will contribute to regional peace, stability and prosperity. Speaking in a panel discussion on Energy Infrastructure in Southeast Europe, Cakan said that the cooperation in energy field would contribute to improvement of prosperity and strengthen peace in the region.
Cakan said that Turkey has electric interconnections with Georgia and Iran in the east, with Iraq and Syria in the south and with Bulgaria in the west. Cakan said that the second electricity line of 400 kW is expected to be completed in April, adding that the "preference of Turkey is to be included in the West European Electricity System, and to be a member of Union of European Electricity Transmission (UCTE)".

The feasibility studies of Turkey's connecting to UCTE network via Greece and the Balkans have been positively resulted and the results have been conveyed to the European Commission. Cakan said that the project of construction of energy transmission line planned to be installed with Greece was under way.
Noting that the natural gas coming from the Caspian basin and other international sources will be transferred to Europe via Turkey, Greece and Italy by the South European Natural Gas Ring Project, Cakan said that the studies have been started to construct a pipeline between Turkey and Greece to this end.

Source: BBC
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