By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan has supplied 16 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe
within less than two years, the country's Energy Minister Parviz
Shahbazov said addressing the 5th Romanian International Gas
Conference, Azernews reports per Trend.
'We had a very useful discussion this morning with the
participation of the Romanian Prime Minister. It is important not
only to think about the upcoming winter but at the same time to be
sure what will happen in 5 or 10 years,' he said.
The minister recalled that Azerbaijan has been already for many
years a country which has supplied energy resources to the European
'So, we've been supplying Europe with oil and oil products.
Recently, we've already started to deliver natural gas to the EU.
Also, we have great plans for the future,' he said.
Moreover, Parviz Shahbazov stressed that Azerbaijan wants to
double natural gas supplies to Europe within five years.
'We talk very seriously now with all our partners, including
also the European Commission, on the issue of extension of the
Southern Gas Corridor. We can refer to the mid-term target. And we
want to double within next five years our natural gas supplies to
Europe with the aim to provide more natural gas to those who are
already our partners and are receiving our gas, as well as to
extend our gas deliveries to the new region; so, from the southern
part of Europe also to the Western Balkans and further on. This is
our plan,' he said.
Stressing that that cannot happen overnight, the minister
underlined the need for intergovernmental consultations, for making
proper investment decisions, for contracts, and for binding
commitments from consuming countries.
'And on the production side, we need also proper investment
decisions. All this package should be implemented as soon as
possible,' he said.
The energy minister also mentioned that Azerbaijan will increase
gas supplies to Europe by 40 percent year on year.
'If last year it was 8.2 billion cubic meters, this year it is
going to be 40 percent more. So, it will be at the level of almost
11.5 billion cubic meters. It means that we do our utmost, we do
everything that is possible to provide more natural gas to the
European energy market, having in mind all the sensitivity of the
energy security in Europe, of course, knowing about all the
problems which exist here in terms of energy supply,' he said.
Additionally, he stated that huge wind energy potential had been
discovered in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
'It is about 157 gigawatts with 35 gigawatts in shallow waters.
It is a very economically viable project and we've already started
talks and also some projects with different energy companies in
Azerbaijan,' he said.
The minister mentioned that negotiations are underway with
Romania, Georgia and Hungary on the ways to transport it to the
'It will be our long-term contribution to the energy security in
Europe,' he said.
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