Turkey's Energy Minister Hilmi Guler called on Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to cooperate with Turkey in energy projects in the Black Sea and make joint energy investments, on Tuesday.
"We will start drilling the Black Sea in 2009, and I am inviting you to cooperate with us in this drilling project," Guler said during a conference on "Oil and Gas Potential in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan: Energy, Economy and Ecology Cooperation Strategy" in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.
Guler also referred to the Nabucco project, saying the project would be implemented, just as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas projects had.
The Nabucco pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline that will transport natural gas from
It will run from
Guler also said that the Nabucco project would ensure energy security not only in
Guler said that the oil transportation through the Turkish straits was up 50 percent in the last three years, and also said that
"Central Asian and Kazakh oil will be transferred to Ceyhan with this pipeline project," he said, adding that