DUBROVNIK/ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
Albania has requested that it receive gas via the Shahdeniz pipeline that passes through Turkey, Energy Minister Hilmi Güler said Sunday on the sidelines of an international summit in Croatia.
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha made the request during a bilateral meeting, Güler said. Güler is representing Turkey at Croatia Summit 2008, being hosted in Dubrovnik.
Also, Güler presented a speech during a summit session, titled �Europe's Energy Strategies,� on the second day of the meeting. Attending the summit are presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers from 32 countries as well as representatives from NATO, the European Union, 25 think tanks and international institutions.
Azerbaijani gas, originating from the Shahdeniz field, is being transported to Turkey through the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline. The initial capacity of the pipeline is 8.8 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year and is expected to increase to as much as 20 bcm per year by 2012.
Turkey remains an integral part of the European Union's energy security, Güler said. "In 2007, the world's oil demand increased by one million barrels per day, and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline, or BTC, can meet that increase on its own. This is solid proof of Turkey's contribution to world energy security," Güler noted.
The BTC, which covers 1,768 kilometers, carries Azerbaijani oil through Georgia to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan and on to world markets.
Güler added that efforts were underway on a pipeline project to carry Arab gas to Europe and said an agreement for this pipeline, called the Nabucco project, would soon be signed by participating governments. Further, Güler said, Nabucco has a crucial role to play in energy security for both the EU and southeastern Europe.