Turkey in the Eurasian Energy Game 21 novembre 2014Posted by Acturca in Caucasus / Caucase, Central Asia / Asie Centrale, Energy / Energie, EU / UE, Russia / Russie, South East Europe / Europe du Sud-Est, Turkey / Turquie.
Tags: Eurasia, Global Relations Forum (GRF), Onur Çobanlı, pipeline, Southern Corridor
Policy Paper Series (GRF) No.1, November 2014
Global Relations Forum (GRF) Young Academics Program
Onur Çobanlı *
Turkey is a major natural gas consumer in Eurasia, and its demand is expected to grow rapidly in parallel with its economic performance. However, Turkey has poor production possibilities and relies on imports to serve 98% of its demand. Turkey’s high dependency on few suppliers is reflected on its energy bill and proves an obstacle to its ambition to become a major player in Eurasia. Turkey seeks to increase its supply security by diversifying its imports as well as transit routes. Moreover, located between the European markets in the West and the gas rich neighbors in the East, Turkey aims to become an energy corridor in the Eurasian gas trade. To achieve these goals, Turkey has positioned itself in the Eurasian pipe – line game. It holds shares in Trans Anatolian (TANAP) and Nabucco-West in the Southern Corridor. However, while South Stream endorsed by Russia rivals the Southern Corridor, Trans Adriatic (TAP) contended with Nabucco-West for transport of Azerbaijani supplies to Europe.
* Onur Çobanlı is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics and Management Science, Humboldt University Berlin, where he also works as a research assistant.
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