Donald Trump welcomes Turkmen gas delivery in Europe

Donald Trump welcomes Turkmen gas delivery in Europe

U.S. President Donald Trump expressed hope that Turkmenistan will take advantage of new possibilities of exporting gas to the West in connection with the recent determination of the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This is stated in a congratulatory letter of the American President addressed to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on International Novruz Holiday.

In the message, Donald Trump noted, “on these solemn days, many people in the United States of America and around the world celebrate the holiday of renewal and revival”. According to him, “the people of the U.S. and its business circles continue to look for new directions to strengthen economic cooperation with Turkmenistan”.

“I hope that Turkmenistan will be able to take advantage of new opportunities to export gas to the West in connection with the recent determination of the legal status of the Caspian Sea,” the congratulatory message of the American President addressed to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov says.

Part of the message of the U.S. President regarding the export of Turkmen gas to the West is quite indicative. It disproves a number of media speculations regarding the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) that envisage the supply of gas from Caspian region to the European market, and Washington’s vision to this project.

Donald Trump never hid the fact that, in his opinion, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that runs under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, increases the dependence of the European Union on Russian’s Gazprom. As an alternative to Russian gas, Trump considers US liquefied gas. Such an approach by the US administration to gas supplying Europe gave the critics of the Southern Gas Corridor an opportunity to announce that Washington is against SGC also and considers it possible to diversify energy supplies to Europe only by supplying American liquefied gas to the Old World.

By this message, Donald Trump refuted these arguments. Seems, the U.S. President is not against the Southern Gas Corridor project. Moreover, he considers the possibility of Turkmen gas supplies to Europe through this gas pipeline.

Commercial deliveries of Azerbaijan gas from the Caspian region to Southern Europe via the SGC are expected to commence in 2020. According to experts, in the future, to ensure long-term gas supplies to Europe, the SGC would attract hydrocarbon resources from other sources, including Turkmenistan.

Brussels and Ankara consider that Turkmen gas would be the most preferable in this project. As it seems, Washington also backs the Southern Gas Corridor.

Nury Amanov