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Turkey talks with UAE on energy investments as tensions ease

Turkey last year accused the UAE of bringing chaos to the Middle East through its interventions in Libya and Yemen, while the UAE and several other countries criticized Turkey’s military actions

Turkey talks with UAE on energy investments as tensions ease

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Ankara, September 23 - Neftegaz.RU. Turkey is in talks with the United Arab Emirates on investment in its energy sector, according to its deputy energy & natural resources minister, after both sides began repairing ties after a yearslong rift, Turkish Daily Sabah reported.

After contacts between intelligence and government officials eased tensions, the UAE this month said it was seeking deeper trade and economic ties with Turkey and seven other countries as it looks to defend its global business hub status after the pandemic.

Turkey’s Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar told reporters in Dubai Tuesday there had been talks with the UAE about investment in Turkish energy projects.

Bayraktar was in Dubai to attend the Gastech 2021 conference, the world’s largest gas expo, as energy officials and hundreds of executives gathered for the industry’s 1st in-person conference since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, addressing the gas expo, Bayraktar also said:
  • Turkey is set to witness a significant rise in natural gas demand this year, amid a record spike in gas prices around the world due to higher demand and lower stocks.
  • Turkey’s natural gas demand will reach around 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) this year, a noteworthy rise from 45 bcm to 50 bcm that the country consumes on average each year and for which it pays between $12 billion and $15 billion
Turkey imported 48.1 bcm of gas last year, up 6% from a year before, of which a 3rd were from Russia.
Bayraktar was cited as saying that Turkey was discussing new contracts with several gas companies, including Russian Gazprom.
Yet, he said soaring natural gas prices would be challenging.

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