Türkiye plays ‘important role’ in diversifying European energy supplies: US

Türkiye plays ‘important role’ in diversifying European energy supplies: US

US would encourage any country to ‘diversify its energy supply,’ State Department says over Türkiye’s talks with ExxonMobil to buy LNG

By Iclal Turan

WASHINGTON (AA) - Türkiye has played a "very important role" in helping diversify European energy supplies, the US said Tuesday.

The statement came after Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar said Sunday that Türkiye is in talks with US energy giant ExxonMobil over a multibillion-dollar deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG).

State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel said he does not have anything additional on potential commercial negotiations but added that the US would encourage any country to "diversify its energy supply and curb dependence on Russian energy."

"Türkiye has played a very important role as the host of the Southern Gas Corridor in helping diversify European energy supplies and European gas supplies away from dependence on Russia, and as the host of multiple LNG liquification facilities which have received a lot of American LNG since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion in Ukraine." Patel said.

In an interview with the British daily the Financial Times, Turkish energy minister Bayraktar said that as part of the deal, negotiations were ongoing with ExxonMobil for securing 2.5 million tons of LNG a year at a cost of around $1.1 billion.

He added that the deal could last for 10 years if the negotiations with Exxon are completed.

Noting that Türkiye imports almost all of its natural gas needs, Bayraktar said that it aims to create a new supply portfolio without being dependent on a single supplier.

Pointing out that Türkiye is evaluating gas purchase options from different sources to ensure the country’s supply security, Bayraktar said: “For security of supply, we need to get gas from somewhere. It could be from Russia, it could be from Azerbaijan, it could be Iran, or LNG options.”

Ankara will turn to the most suitable options, he added.

Türkiye has seven international natural gas pipelines, five LNG facilities, including three floating storage and regasification units (FSRU), and two underground natural gas storage facilities. The country aims to become a key gas hub in the region, excel as an exporter and be an effective manager of the gas it provides.​​​​​​​

According to the Financial Times, Exxon aims to expand its LNG portfolio to 40 million tons a year by 2030.


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