Turkey, Syria eye nuclear energy cooperation - agency

Turkey and Syria are considering setting up a joint energy company and could build joint nuclear power plants for electricity, Syria's oil minister was quoted as saying on Friday.

Turkey, Syria eye nuclear energy cooperation - agency
Syria's Minister of Oil Sufiyan al-Aw said Friday that they would announce a new partnership between a Turkish and a Syrian oil company shortly.

"We could also enter into cooperation in the nuclear field. I spoke to (Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler) Mr. Guler on cooperation. In the future we could found joint nuclear power plants for electricity production," he was quoted as saying.

Speaking at the Third Turkish-Arabic Economic Forum in Istanbul, al-Aw said that "increasing prices of oil makes cooperation in the energy field a must."

Touching on an Arabic natural gas pipeline, al-Aw said "the project signed by Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq continues and that the first phase of the natural gas pipeline between Syria, Jordan and Lebanon has been completed."

"We are presently working on connecting Syrian natural gas pipeline to Turkey by the year 2009," al-Aw noted. "With this pipeline, Arabic natural gas would be transferred to Europe via Turkey."

In reference to nuclear power plants, al-Aw said that Turkey and Syria may erect joint nuclear power plants for the production of electricity.

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