Turkey to buy gas from Turkmenistan
Turkey will buy up to 8 bn cubic metres of natural gas annually from Turkmenistan from the year 2000. "All technical studies will be completed by February 15, 1997 according to the gas agreement signed with Turkmenistan,'' Turkish Energy Minister Recai Kutan said. "Physical investments will begin by June, 1997 at the latest,'' he said. He said Turkmen gas would be transported to Turkey after Iran and Turkey completed sections of a pipeline from Tabriz to the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum as part of a giant gas deal signed between Ankara and Tehran in August. Turkmen gas will reach Tabriz through existing pipelines. It will later reach Erzurum through the pipeline to be built from Tabriz to Turkey. Turkey agreed with Iran in August to get 3 bncm of Iranian gas from 1998 through a pipeline whose construction is scheduled to begin in March, 1997. The pipeline will first be built from Tabriz to the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum and later to Ankara. The 23-year agreement envisages that Iran and Turkey build the sections of the pipeline on their territories. Turkey's gas purchases will be raised to 10 bncmpy from 2005.