The Kurdistan Regional Government is preparing to export natural gas to Europe via Turkey and the Nabucco project, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News said on Tuesday.
“After failing to agree with the central government in Baghdad over the sale of oil and gas, northern Iraq’s administration is now preparing to export natural gas to Europe via Turkey and the Nabucco project,” the newspaper said.
“Despite Baghdad’s objections, northern Iraq (Kurdistan) has continued to explore for oil and natural gas and begin extraction operations,” it continued.
“Barham Ahmed Saleh, prime minister of the Regional Kurdish Administration in northern Iraq, said there were 3 to 6 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in the region.”
“As a result, the government looked to the Nabucco Project to continue shipping natural gas through Turkey to Europe,” it explained.
In a statement he made to the CNN TV channel, Saleh said he had applied to the northern Iraqi government to participate in the Nabucco project with the aim of exporting natural gas to Europe.
The regional government’s involvement in the project and its export of natural gas and oil abroad did not contradict the Iraqi constitution but were constitutional rights of the Regional Kurdish Administration, according to Kurdish-language websites.
Given the 3 to 6 trillion cubic meters of natural gas that likely exist in the region, Saleh told CNN that the regional government was seeking to establish powerful relationships with the countries of the region and to prepare the foundation of a powerful economy.
“We make things easier for the foreign businesspeople coming to the region,” said Saleh.
(Source: Aswat Al Iraq)