Prospects for Turkey's imports of FSU gas brightening, but hurdles still on horizon

COMMENT on FSU gas imports to TurkeySince discovery of the Shah Deniz gas-condensate field by a BP Amoco PLC-led consortium in the Azeri waters of the Caspian Sea last summer, Turkey's options for importing gas from the former Soviet Union for its fast-expanding economy have increased dramatically.Considering political realities and supply-demand dynamics, however, for Turkey to take advantage of this new opportunity, it must re-evaluate and reshuffle its gas import priorities.Gas export schemesA study by Wood Mackenzie Consultants Ltd. (OGJ, Oct. 18, 1999, p. 26) indicates that, of the three hotly debated gas export schemes to Turkey-Russia's Blue Stream pipeline, the trans-Caspi...

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