Turkey is at cross-roads of energy lines

Jun 27, 2007 02:00 AM

"Turkey is at the cross-roads of major energy lines," said Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler.
10th Annual International Energy Conference entitled "East Meets West: New Frontiers of Energy Security", jointly organized by Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), began in Istanbul.

Making opening remarks of the conference, CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin highlighted importance of energy safety. Yergin said that impacts of climate changes on efforts to meet energy requirement should be carefully assessed by all leaders and politicians in the world. He added that they required international cooperation since energy gradually removed borders between countries.
Executives of nearly 400 companies from 34 countries as well as heads of state and government of the member-countries to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) were attending the conference.

In a keynote speech delivered at an energy conference titled "East Meets West: New Frontiers of Energy Security" in Istanbul, Guler indicated that "thanks to its geographical position, Turkey is getting prepared for a bright future in energy matters”.
"The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline was a dream. Yet we made it a reality by going over mountains and hills. So far, 2 mm barrels of oil has been carried by tankers from the Ceyhan sea port," noted Guler. Guler stressed that the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline's groundbreaking ceremony took place recently.
"This pipeline may be carried to as far away as India and the Far East," noted Guler.

In reference to the Shah Sea project, Guler remarked that the first amount of natural gas will be transferred to Greece on August 10th.
"The natural gas will then move beneath the Adriatic Sea and reach Italy. Other Balkan nations would like to purchase natural gas from this pipeline. These countries include Albania and Macedonia," underlined Guler. Guler added that Turkey has a great potential in the development of wind energy.

"Diversification of energy resources and ways of their transport are the sine qua non conditions of energy safety," Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said.
President Sezer said, "as a result of accelerating globalization process and increasing energy consumption, cooperation and mutual dependency in energy have further developed and institutionalized. In our age, energy became a significant are of cooperation that brings nations closer to each other."

"International cooperation is essential to resolve today's energy problems. While global energy consumption has been rising, energy resources in the world have been reducing. On the other hand, global warming poses a serious threat to our future.”
“We have to improve energy safety and develop new energy technologies based on renewable energy resources in order to leave an inhabitable world to the next generations," he said.

Countries need to work at full oil and natural gas capacity, Muhammad bin Dhain al-Hamili, the Energy Minister of UnitedArab Emirates and the President of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), said. According to al-Hamili, another problem was ecologic and environmental. He stated that they want to develop new technologies and generate energy without causing environmental harm.
OPEC members are ready to support all related initiatives, al-Hamili said.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline would begin to work at full capacity next year. Azerbaijani President Aliyev delivered speech at the 10th Annual International Energy Conference entitled "East Meets West: New Frontiers of Energy Security" -- jointly organized by Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) in Istanbul.
Aliyev underlined that energy safety was of utmost importance for the entire world and said not just economy and politics but all other developments rested on security energy.

Aliyev indicated that Azerbaijan had vast energy resources and said his country played a key role in energy security.
"In the early 90's the diversification of energy resources was not so much on the agenda, but today our oil runs in different directions. The oil in Azerbaijan is increasing. Next year our daily production will reach 1 mm barrels. After 2008 our production will further increase. And we will be able to supply all the pipelines with oil and next year BTC will start working at full capacity. According to new data Azerbaijan has an oil reserve of 9 bn barrels and this is enough for us," said Aliyev.

Finding solution to disputes that cause instability in the Caspian basin is important, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said.
“We want to exert more efforts to solve political problems in the Caspian basin,” Saakashvili noted in the 10th Annual International Energy Conference. There are frozen clashes that cause instability in the region, and finding solution to them are important for the region, he stated.

Saakashvili said that Caspian basin and Central Asia are in fact stable and safe regions, and pointed out that they need to open the markets and be transparent.
Underlining importance of a closer cooperation among regional countries, Saakashvili said that they want long-term cooperation and prefer to fulfil projects like Nabucco with a larger participation not with monopoly.

"There are circles who want to monopolize energy transportation channels. We do not approve it, this is not a right approach," Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said. "We need to put into practice a European energy policy. This is how all countries in our region can benefit," Yushchenko stated in the energy conference.

Noting that the most important principle is to be transparent in this matter, Yushchenko said that thus, energy trade and safety can be ensured.

Yushchenko pointed out that natural gas and oil will be shipped first to Poland and then to Europe through Odessa-Brodi pipeline.
"If this project is supported by the EU, we can also make a significant contribution. Ukraine wants to take part in this project," he emphasized. Yushchenko said that they are also experienced in atomic energy, and added that they can use this experience for developing safe atomic energy.

Source: The New Anatolian
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