BTC pipeline is protected at high level in all three countries

May 10, 2006 02:00 AM

“The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline is protected at high level in all of the three countries. There is no problem concerning the security of the main export pipeline at all," Turkey's Fuel and Energy Minister Hilmi Guler told.
The Turkish Minister said the BTC is not only an oil project but also a project of friendship and love of the three countries.

Mr Guler also said works on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline are continued. Turkey will receive the first natural gas in the end of this year.
"This gas will be transferred to Greece from Turkey. We look forward to it," Guler said.
The Minister stressed that the three countries will further work together on new projects: "By the carried out projects, we proved that we can do it with Azerbaijan and Georgia. Azerbaijan's role is very important for us. Turkish businessmen are working professionally in Azerbaijan. We follow their activity," the Turkish Minister said.

Hilmi Guler said he is unaware of the problems related to Turkish company Barmek in Azerbaijan.
"I am not aware of this issue, but I think it is natural to have problems while working."

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