Turkey, Holland to cooperate in power generation

Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said "We will set up a working group for joint projects regarding renewable energy resources and energy efficiency.

Turkey, Holland to cooperate in power generation

Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said Thursday Turkey and the Netherlands can develop joint projects regarding renewable energy resources and energy efficiency.

"We will set up a working group to this end," he told reporters after meeting Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Maria Van Der Hoeven in Ankara.

Guler said he discussed with Hoeven Turkey's position on Nabucco project. "Mrs. Minister has understood our position, and we think she will make significant contributions to speed up the project."

The Nabucco pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline that will carry natural gas from Turkey to Austria, via Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary. It will run from Erzurum in Turkey to Baumgarten an der March, a major natural gas hub in Austria. Some consider the pipeline as a diversion from the current methods of importing natural gas solely from Russia. The project is backed by the European Union and the United States. Nabucco pipeline may be supplied with gas from Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Egypt and Syria.

Also on the same project, Guler said Turkey has invited Josias Van Aartsen, EU's coordinator for natural gas projects in Southern Europe, to discuss this matter.

Hoeven qualified Nabucco as a significant project, and said Turkey and Europe should act together and find a solution to problems in order to implement the project.

Memorandum

During their meeting, the two ministers signed a memorandum of understanding envisaging joint projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency and biomass.

Dutch Minister Hoeven said the Netherlands have interesting studies on biomass and can share them with Turkey.

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