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Friday, 05 June 2015 18:00

Hungary wants to share energy experience with Turkey

Hungary is ready to share its 30-year professional experience in the nuclear industry with its energy partner Turkey, Minister of State for Energy Affairs of Hungary Andrss Aradszki said, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to Anadolu Agency.

"To this effect, Hungary and the Republic of Turkey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding this year, creating a solid basis for future co-operation in education, training, research and development in the nuclear industry," he emphasized.

Aradszki said Hungary's experience and knowledge in the nuclear energy industry is recognized at international level and the country is ready to share this knowledge with Turkey for future nuclear energy generation plans.

"Regarding the development and reconstruction of the electricity sector, Hungary may become a strategic partner of Turkey by sharing professional experience and knowledge. Nuclear energy holds a great potential for co-operation between Hungary and Turkey with regards to Turkey's plans for establishing nuclear power generation in the next decade," Andras Aradszki, energy affairs state secretary at the National Development Ministry of Hungary said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency.

- Hungary supports Turkey's aim of becoming energy hub

Aradszki stated that Hungary welcomes all developments on the Trans Anatolia Natural Gas Pipeline, TANAP, as it "represents a breakthrough in the connection of the Caspian with European regions."

"In addition to that, through construction of the missing cross border interconnections, Hungary will be able to ensure a significant gas storage capacity to support the flexibility of Turkey's supply. Furthermore Hungary supports the development of the Turkish energy sector through the participation of Hungarian companies," Aradszki said, and added that Hungary supports the Turkish national energy strategy's goal for becoming a regional energy distribution center.

Aradszki stated that Hungary's natural gas infrastructure, including the high pressure transmission pipeline system and underground gas storage facilities, enables the country to become a distribution center in the region.

 "There is demand for a large scale capacity pipeline coming from the Turkish–Greek border through Macedonia and Serbia which will enable an alternative supply route. Hungary has initiated common thinking and closer cooperation with existing and new potential partners," stated Aradszki.

He emphasized that through the establishment of various transit route options, gas supplies will become more economical through this newly-emerged competitiveness.

Hungary has a bi-directional interconnection with Ukraine, an exit interconnection with Austria, Serbia and a newly-opened connection with Romania as well as Croatia.

"A large interconnection with Slovakia is under test operations. In this way Hungary may become even a crucial hub that will be in a position to provide gas to Ukraine," Aradszki explained.

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