8 August 2012/ Trend, H. Hasanov /
The State Service of Maritime and River Transport of Turkmenistan is studying the possibility of transporting liquefied gas in special containers to the Baku Port, state news service Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary (TDH) reported on Tuesday.
At present, negotiations are underway, and the issue of supply of Turkmen liquefied gas to Europe via the Romanian port of Constanta (Black Sea region) is being studied, the report says.
It is planned that liquefied gas will be transported in special containers to the Baku Port by vessels of Turkmen merchant fleet, and thence to the ports of Batumi or Poti (Georgia, Black Sea Region) via railway.
Later, from the ports of Georgia, containers will be delivered by ships to Romania or other Black Sea countries. The same scheme can be applied to other Turkmen goods, which can be transported in containers.
Earlier Turkmenistan expressed interest in participation in the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector (AGRI) gas pipeline project, which envisages the delivery of liquefied natural gas from Azerbaijan to Romania via the Black Sea coast of Georgia.
The AGRI project envisages transporting Azerbaijani gas via pipelines to the Black Sea coast of Georgia, where the gas will be liquefied at a special terminal. The gas will then be delivered to a terminal at the Romanian port of Constanta via tankers.
Later, the liquefied gas will be brought into the state of natural gas and will be directed towards covering the needs of Romania and other European countries. It is expected that Turkmenistan, participating in the project as a supplier, could supply liquefied natural gas across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan for further transit to Europe.