Turkey may invite Iran to Nabucco, if Azerbaijan rejects

Wed 25 May 2011 08:31 GMT | 12:31 Local Time

Text size: bigger smaller

Sponsors of the project are waiting to get 'a concrete response' from Azerbaijan about its participation in the 3,300-kilometer pipeline.

The Turkish energy minister has warned Azerbaijan that if it does not take part in the Nabucco gas pipeline, Turkey will invite Iran, Iraq and Turkmenistan in the major plan.

Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said an agreement on the project will be signed in Turkey on June 6 by OMV (Austria), BOTAS (Turkey), Bulgargaz (Bulgaria), Transgaz (Romania), Mol Natural Gas (Hungary) and RWE (Germany) companies, CNN-Turk TV Channel reported.

Yildiz added that the sponsors of the project are waiting to get “a concrete response” from Azerbaijan about its participation in the 3,300-kilometer pipeline.

“If Azerbaijan's response will be negative, we'll contact with Turkmenistan, Iraq and Iran. This project has great importance for both of us and Europe. That's why we cannot lose time and we'll use all of the variant,” he said.

The 7.9 billion euro ($11.5 billion) link, which is expected to become operational by 2017, is to connect natural gas-rich countries in the Caspian Sea and the Middle East to Europe in a bid to reduce European dependence on Russian energy.

PressTV

Printer

Commentary

Most read articles

More from Turkey

In The Region

Editor's Picks

Azerbaijan Cuisine

Explore the food of Azerbaijan - from sherbet to succulent kebab, from baklava to fragrant pilaff

Follow us

Find us on Facebook



Real estate

Virtual karabakh