Turkey's natural gas imports total $9.9 billlion
Turkey paid $9.9 billion for natural gas and $6.4 billion for crude oil imported last year, according to the Ministry of Energy.
Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Y?ld?z answered a motion with a question filed by the ??rnak deputy of the Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, on Turkey's natural gas and crude oil imports in 2009.
In a written response, Y?ld?z said based on figures obtained from the Turkish Statistical Institute, or TurkStat, the Republic of Turkey paid $9.9 billion for natural gas imports, $1.6 billion for imports of other petroleum gases, $6.4 billion for imports of crude oil and $8.5 billion for imports of oil products last year.
Speaking about the Nabucco pipeline project, Y?ld?z said the project was developing according to schedule. Turkish Parliament approved on March 4 a bill on a deal signed by Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Turkey to launch the Nabucco pipeline project, which will link Europe to the Caspian Sea region. The project is considered key to reducing Europe's energy dependence on Russia. Under the law approved by the Parliament, the Nabucco pipeline will carry Caspian natural gas to Austria through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.