U.S., Turkey agree on strategic pipelines

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Turkey and the United States have reached a series of understandings for strategic cooperation on energy.

The two governments met on Dec. 2 in Washington as part of the Economic Partnership Commission. Ankara and Washington reaffirmed that energy is a critical component of their strategic cooperation and will work together to complete regional energy projects.

The projects are the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, the centerpiece of the East-West Corridor. Construction of the pipeline began in April on the one-million-barrel-per-day, 1,760-kilometer pipeline and is now more than 40 percent complete.

Officials said the first oil from this pipeline will be delivered to world markets in 2005, Middle East Newsline reported.

Officials said construction is set to begin in 2004 on the parallel South Caucasus gas pipeline, running from Azerbaijan to Erzurum in central Turkey. They said the pipeline will bring 6.6 billion cubic meters of Azeri gas to Turkey as well as markets in Western Europe in 2006.

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