It is safe to say that natural gas in Europe is more than just fuel. It is even difficult for experts to determine if there is more economics or politics in natural gas. Judge for yourself. The book “The Battle for Gas Supply in Europe” (Die Schlacht um Europas Gasmarkt) was published in Germany.
This edition, consisting of 26 chapters, is devoted to various aspects of the global gas market and the organization of gas supply in Europe, as part of this market.
The authors of the book – journalists Oleg Nikiforov and Günther Hakemeser with numbers in their hands prove that, despite plans for the European community to switch to alternative forms of energy, Europe may not be without gas for a long time, perhaps for several decades.
According to the authors, “it is precisely the possibility of gas supplies from different directions and in various forms (like pipeline and liquefied gas) to Europe and turns gas into an apple of discord, since various countries of the world can participate in its supply.”
ORIENT is interested in this publication from the point of view of participation of Turkmenistan in these processes. Indeed, the authors pay considerable attention to the analysis of the policy of the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, “with regard to both specific consumers in Europe and transit countries, and partners, such as, in particular, Turkmenistan.”
The authors among the main suppliers of blue fuel to the European market include, along with Russia, Qatar and Algeria. At the same time, they note that new suppliers are also entering the arena, and the countries of the Caspian basin are among the potential suppliers of gas to Europe.
The book directly states that “the recent signing of a treaty regulating the status of the Caspian Sea opens up fundamental opportunities for filling the existing gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Turkey with additional quantities of gas from the Turkmen and, possibly, Iranian fields.”
It should be noted that this book, in a number of publications devoted to the issues of gas supply of the Old World, is distinguished by objectivity and is not tendentious.
Using the terminology of the authors of the book, we can say that Turkmenistan, in the good sense of this expression, can also take part in the “battle for gas supply to Europe”. In the near future, Turkmen gas is most likely to enter the European market through the Russian gas transmission system – negotiations are underway between Turkmengas and Gazprom to start purchasing Turkmen natural gas from January 1st, 2019.
Also Turkmenistan in the future can supply gas through SGC, and this development of the event is also specified in the book. In short, the battle for gas supply in Europe continues.