What does the EU want – diversification of gas supplies or talking about it?

What does the EU want – diversification of gas supplies or talking about it?

The European Union is interested in supplying natural gas from the Caspian region – Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. This is reported by the Azerbaijani media with reference to the European Commission.

“As part of its security policy, the EU may be interested in further gas supplies from the Caspian Sea (for example, from new, not yet explored fields in Azerbaijan or from Turkmenistan), under suitable conditions,” a source in the European Commission quoted the media.

It should be noted here that in recent years, the EU’s role in diversifying its market has been reduced to periodic verbal encouragement of natural gas suppliers in their quest for the European market. As a rule, these appeals are all limited. This means that Europe has no problems with gas supply.

The blue fuel supplied by Gazprom, Algeria, Qatar, and now the United States, is enough to provide European consumers for many, many years. But to ensure gas supply for many decades to come, we need to tell everyone that the main thing is to diversify supplies and that there is enough room on the European market.

There is a feeling that these conversations are no longer conducted in order for new suppliers to aspire to the Old World, but in order for old suppliers not to relax. In purely everyday terms, this position can be understood. Less hassle. Well, and if someone believes that Europe needs diversification of gas supplies, they can wait a bit.

Therefore, such periodic statements from the EU should be treated with understanding. It is like an obligatory protocol ceremony. The fact is that when Europeans actually need Turkmen gas, they will not be limited to appeals and statements about the benefit of diversification, but will take up the work for real.

For now, it is easier for Turkmen gas to enter the European market through the Russian gas transmission system – Gazprom has resumed gas purchases in Turkmenistan. And this way today is more preferable than the Southern Gas Corridor, for the simple reason that there is no need to build a pipeline across the Caspian Sea.

We can all agree that this option saves money, time and nerves. Does it really matter how your gas enters the world market, through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia, or through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

And then, diversification of European gas supply should be more interesting for Brussels, not Ashgabat.


Nury AMANOV