Addressing an online session of the ministerial advisory panel of the Southern Gas Corridor, Szijjarto called gas supply a national security issue for Hungary, and confirmed his government’s commitment to diversification both in terms of sources and supply lines.
The minister hailed the completion of the Southern Gas Corridor and called for the soonest possible construction of the missing national sections in Europe.
The Serbian section between the Hungarian and Bulgarian borders is already in place, he said, and he called for the section between Bulgaria and Greece to be completed as soon as possible.
Szijjarto also welcomed the new cooperation agreement signed with Turkmenistan on joint prospecting projects on the Caspian Sea, which may pave the way for additional gas supplies through the corridor.
The minister noted that Hungarian oil & gas company MOL is the biggest central European investor in Azerbaijan, and holds the 3rd biggest portfolio in Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli, that country’s biggest gas field.