Europe Willing to Provide Iran with Access to Southern Gas Corridor

Europe Willing to Provide Iran with Access to Southern Gas Corridor

TEHRAN (FNA)- The European Commissioner for Energy Maroš Šefčovič announced EU’s readiness to negotiate Iran's accession to the Southern Gas Corridor.



Šefčovič said that the EU wants countries with rich gas reserves to join Southern Gas Corridor, adding that all options have been considered and the EU is ready to negotiate with all the partners of the Southern Gas Corridor on Iran's joining the project.

He reiterated that it is important for the Southern Gas Corridor to connect Europe to countries with rich gas resources and EU wants new buyers and suppliers to participate in the project, and said, "Talks have been held with Turkmenistan and Iran so far."

Šefčovič said that Iran wants to transport crude oil, and for this purpose, pipelines and infrastructure should be created in Iran.

The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the prioritized projects for the EU and provides for the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

At an initial stage, the gas to be produced as part of the Stage 2 of development of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field is considered as the main source for the Southern Gas Corridor projects. Other sources can also connect to this project at a later stage.

As part of the Shah Deniz Stage 2, the gas will be exported to Turkey and the European markets by expanding the South Caucasus Pipeline and the construction of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).


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