Qatar-Turkey Gas Pipeline

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Qatar-Turkey Gas Pipeline was a proposed natural gas pipeline.[1]

Location

The proposed route of the pipeline was from the Iranian–Qatari South Pars/North Dome Gas-Condensate field to Turkey. The pipeline would have originated in Qatar and crossed through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, ending in Bulgaria.

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Background

The Qatar-Turkey Gas Pipeline was a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from the Iranian–Qatari South Pars/North Dome Gas-Condensate field towards Turkey, where it could connect with the Nabucco pipeline to supply European customers as well as Turkey. One route to Turkey was via Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria,[2][3] and another was through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.[4][5] Syria's rationale for rejecting the Qatar proposal was said to be "to protect the interests of [its] Russian ally, which is Europe's top supplier of natural gas."[2]

Theory relating to Syrian conflict

In 2012 an analyst cited by Ansa Mediterranean suggested that Qatar's involvement in the Syrian Civil War was based in part on its desire to build a pipeline to Turkey through Syria:[6]

"The discovery in 2009 of a new gas field near Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Syria opened new possibilities to bypass the Saudi Barrier and to secure a new source of income. Pipelines are in place already in Turkey to receive the gas. Only Al-Assad is in the way. Qatar along with the Turks would like to remove Al-Assad and install the Syrian chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is the best organized political movement in the chaotic society and can block Saudi Arabia's efforts to install a more fanatical Wahhabi based regime. Once the Brotherhood is in power, the Emir's broad connections with Brotherhood groups throughout the region should make it easy for him to find a friendly ear and an open hand in Damascus."

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References

  1. Qatar-Turkey pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed February 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern, The Guardian, 30 August 2013
  3. Pipelines International, March 2010, Pipeline projects in the Middle East
  4. The National, 26 August 2009, Qatar seeks gas pipeline to Turkey
  5. The National, 18 January 2010, Turkey touts proposed gas pipeline from Qatar
  6. Ansa Mediterranean, 1 October 2012, Syria: new markets for Qatari gas without Al Assad, analyst

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