If Turkmenistan initiates construction of gas pipeline, Azerbaijan will support

The Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project will be supported by Azerbaijan if Turkmenistan decides to implement it. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed his opinion in an interview with the Italian edition of Il Sole 24 Ore.

At the same time, Aliyev stressed that “Azerbaijan will not be the initiator of the construction.”

The construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline has been discussing for 15 years, but no practical steps have been taken to implement it, Aliyev said.

“This project is based on the resources of Turkmenistan. Therefore, if the government of Turkmenistan decides to build this gas pipeline, it will be their decision. If they make such a decision, then, of course, we will support it. But we will not be the initiators here,” the president of Azerbaijan noted.

“I want to say that the initiators of such projects are not transit countries, but resource owners. Transit countries can only provide support, provide territory, make decisions on transit tariffs,” Aliyev said.
He noted that Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are currently discussing the joint development of the Dostlug (Dostluk) oil field in the Caspian Sea, mainly oil, not gas.

The two countries are separated by the Caspian Sea and the transit of gas from Turkmenistan is possible through gas pipelines along the bottom of this sea.

Turkmenistan is one of the five countries in the world with huge reserves of natural gas, which is increasingly in demand in the world in the current conditions. Therefore, the new leadership of Turkmenistan may intensify the delivery of its gas to consumers in the west.

Sept. 7, 2022