Qatar discusses LNG pipeline project with Turkey
Pipeline could link up with Nabucco under proposals being studied
By Andy Sambridge
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Qatar and Turkey are in talks to build a pipeline to carry liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Turkey alongside a supply agreement.
The Turkish and Qatari energy ministries will establish a “working group” of officials to negotiate the agreements, Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and President Abdullah Gul said in Istanbul during the Emir's two-day visit.
“We agree that the group should conclude its work as soon as possible,” Gul said in comments published by Gulf Times on Tuesday.
Turkey, along with Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria, are seeking suppliers for Nabucco, a project in planning since 2004 that is designed to cut Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.
Nabucco would send as much as 31bn cubic metres of Caspian and Middle East region gas a year via Turkey to Austria starting in 2014.
The natural gas pipeline between Qatar and Turkey may hook up with Nabucco after traversing Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, Mithat Rende, Turkish ambassador to Qatar, told the paper.
Qatar is also seeking markets for its LNG as it aims to nearly double production of the fuel to 77mn tonnes a year by the end of 2010.