With the partition of the Caspian hurried: Turkmen gas will flow to Germany

Vladimir Putin’s decision to sign the Caspian Partition Convention gave a somewhat unexpected turn. The main stumbling block between the consensus of the five coastal states was the question of the principle of sharing the natural resources of a unique reservoir, as well as plans for the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline bypassing Russia.

The Trans-Caspian gas pipeline provides for 300 kilometers of pipes along the bottom of the sea, which will transport up to 30 billion cubic meters of “blue fuel” from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan per year. The amount of required investment in the project is estimated at $ 5 billion. It is assumed that Kazakhstan can also connect to the gas pipeline. Thus, several former Soviet republics become direct competitors to Gazprom.

Further, it can be connected with the South Caucasus gas pipeline, and then with the Trans-Anatolian pipeline, which is under construction in Turkey. So Ankara receives a second pipeline, in addition to the “Turkish stream” from our “national treasure”, which makes the country a major regional gas hub. And in the future, Iran and Iraq may join the project. Through the Transadriatic gas pipeline under construction, “blue fuel” will flow to the countries of Southern Europe - Greece and Italy. Joined together, the pipes form a large-scale project for the Southern Gas Corridor, which will bypass the Russian Federation. Its cost is estimated at 45 billion dollars, the total length is 3500 kilometers.

It is known that countries such as Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia showed great interest in the Southern Gas Corridor. Even Ukraine voiced intentions through the construction of jumpers in the European gas transportation system to begin to receive fuel from it, ignoring Russia. But now the situation has reached a different level. Germany declared its interest in Caspian gas:

We are extremely interested in the further development of the Southern Gas Corridor. This is part of the diversification strategy of the European Union to ensure gas supplies to Europe from different regions, and not just from Russia

Angela Merkel is sent to Baku to discuss the possibility of obtaining additional volumes of hydrocarbons. For this, Europe will have to make large-scale investments in the gas transportation system. However, Berlin, apparently, does not want to depend completely on either Russia with its Gazprom, or the United States with its LNG, betting on the maximum diversification of supplies.

Yes, Moscow has stated that it requires coordination with her in the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline. However, the Kremlin is just as dependent on Germany for the construction of Nord Stream-2. Perhaps the Russian president nevertheless hurried with the signing of the Convention on the division of the Caspian.
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  1. Anchonsha Offline Anchonsha
    Anchonsha (Anchonsha) 25 August 2018 11: 13
    It is difficult to calculate all the vicissitudes in the world that are taking shape in the world as a result of the political ambitions of the West and especially the United States, and what they will be in 5-7 years. Europe is also trying to diversify imports of both gas and oil both from Russia, and from the Middle East, and from Central Asia. And therefore, we need to engage in more deep processing of oil, and not drive it to the West. This will be our further development of the economy.
  2. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 25 August 2018 12: 52
    -Yes .., I just looked into the water ...

    Yes, not just "rushed to the signing of the Convention on the Division of the Caspian Sea" .., but made a fatal, monstrous ... mistake ... which actually negates all the costs and efforts (of our taxpayers) and the construction of "North Stream-2" and all of our compliant and unprofitable for Russia playful policy with Turkey .. -Yes, and China can now easily once again impose on Russia new onerous conditions for all the same Russian gas and oil supplies ... -And Western Europe has a gorgeous opportunity to manipulate and promote his interests in the field of Russian gas supplies to Europe ... -Trump is just "nervously smoking on the sidelines" here ...
    -Another colossal loss and failure of Russian politics and economics ...
    1. bratchanin3 Offline bratchanin3
      bratchanin3 (Gennady) 26 August 2018 11: 07
      Well, again, the FSE was gone! All of these southern pipelines have already been built and their construction will not affect the volume of gas sold by Russia, especially since China needs more and more gas. Closing their coal-fired heating plants, the Chinese are converting them to gas.
      1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
        gorenina91 (Irina) 29 August 2018 16: 27
        -AND..? -So what...?

        -Let's open as many coal-fired heating plants as we can ... and start to rejoice over the Chinese in chorus .... -So ..?