Delivery of natural gas will begin when the Erbil-Ceyhan pipeline is completed in 2017, Sherko Jawdat, director of the energy commission of the Kurdish Regional Government said Friday.
"Initially, 50 million cubic meters of gas will be exported," Jawdat told The Anadolu Agency. "Later on, the amount will be increased to 120 million cubic meters."
The Kurdish region is estimated to have 3 trillion cubic meters of natural gas reserves and that makes European countries interested as it represents an alternative to Russian gas, he added.
He also said European countries want natural gas to reach Europe through Turkey.
"The export of Kurdish gas to the world market is a major economic development that will enable our region to achieve economic prosperity," Jawdat said. "Natural gas export is as significant as oil export."Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.