- When we consider our motto of 2 states, 1 nation, our ongoing projects are running successfully
- We can also carry this relationship to third countries, especially on energy
Dönmez noted that there is a shortage of energy supply in Europe, especially regarding natural gas:
- In order to meet the increasing demand, we are holding some preliminary talks on increasing the existing capacity
- These are not issues that will be solved from today to tomorrow, because there is also the production side of this
- It is not enough to increase the capacity in the pipeline alone, the main thing is to work on increasing the amount of production in the Caspian
- Azerbaijan has solid targets for renewable energy, they have a huge potential
Representatives of Turkish companies are expected to meet with Azerbaijani officials and businesspeople on those projects in the upcoming months.
Dönmez also said that an electricity trade route could be established between the 2 countries through Georgia, a country that both Turkey and Azerbaijan currently has power transmission deals.
Turkey imports natural gas through pipelines from Russia, Azerbaijan and İran.
It also buys LNG from suppliers including Qatar, Nigeria, Algeria and the United States.
Nearly a 3rd of the country’s gas needs are met with LNG supplies.
A recently discovered natural gas field in the Black Sea is set to provide nearly a 3rd of Turkey’s domestic needs when it reaches peak production capacity by 2026.
Turkey could start with the initial annual production capacity of 3.5 bcm at Sakarya Gas Field in 2023.
State-run energy company Turkish Petroleum Corporation plans to drill 40 wells over 4 phases in the Sakarya field, which is estimated to have recoverable gas reserves of about 540 billion m3.
President Recep Erdoğan has touted the find - the biggest ever in the Black Sea - as a boost to Turkey’s $765-billion economy.