Azerbaijan to sell gas to EU by end-2007

Mar 31, 2007 02:00 AM

Energy-rich Azerbaijan plans to begin selling gas to the European Union by the end of this year, President Ilham Aliyev said.
"Some gas will be exported to Europe through the South Caucasus Pipeline by the end of the year," Aliyev said after a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Lech Kaczynski. "We are very interested in the European market," Aliyev said.

The South Caucasus Pipeline, also known as the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline, links Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas fields with eastern Turkey, allowing for further exports to Europe. The pipeline began deliveries in December.
Europe, which depends on Russia for 20 % of its gas, is seeking alternative energy sources.

Kaczynski's visit to Azerbaijan followed a meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana to discuss oil deliveries to Poland.
Kaczynski said he was inviting the presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine to an energy summit in Warsaw in May.

Source: AzerTag
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