The 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council was held on 20 February, in Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Romanian delegation, at the second participation to this important event, is led by Iulian-Robert Tudorache, Secretary of State within the Ministry of Energy. The event marks the significant progress made by this important infrastructure project for Europe’s energy security, since the last meeting, organized in February 2018.
In his speech, Secretary of State Tudorache highlighted Romania’s support for the successful implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project and the active involvement of our country by adding new infrastructure elements, such as the Giurgiu-Ruse Interconnector and the BRUA gas pipeline, which can be an efficient and secure transmission link, in the future expansion stages of the Southern Corridor to the Balkans and Central Europe.
The event brought together European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez, UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan Baroness Emma Nicholson, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of energy resources Sandra Oudkirk and others. Large delegations of a number of companies, including BP, TANAP, TAP, Snam, Fluxys, LNG Croatia, Plinarco, ICGB AD, Romgaz and Transgaz attended the Advisory Council meeting.
During the meeting, the prospects of Romania’s joining the SGC were discussed.
The delegation of the Romanian Ministry of Energy, representatives of the Romanian companies Transgaz and Romgaz visited Azerbaijan’s Energy Ministry.
Iulian-Robert Tudorache mentioned that he is participating in the ministerial meeting as part of the SGC Advisory Council for the second time, and highlighted his country’s support for this project. He also added that the Bulgaria-Romania Interconnector and the BRUA project will play an important role in the expansion of the Southern Gas Corridor to Central Asia in the future. Romania is interested in becoming part of the Southern Gas Corridor in the future through these projects.
According to AzerNews Energy Minister of Azerbaijan Parviz Shahbazov highly appreciated this position of Romania and spoke about the prospects for expanding the Southern Gas Corridor by increasing its capacity in the future. The minister said that the project being implemented by Azerbaijan will allow diversifying the main export directions for producing and importing countries – for consumers in the future.
During the conversation, confidence was expressed that the strategic partnership relations between Azerbaijan and Romania will serve the interests of both countries in the energy sector.
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