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For the first time Turkey is taking part in Turkmen-Azeri gas transfer talks. Ankara is trying to involve its state-owned energy company, TPAO, in the development of Turkmenistan’s super-giant Galkynysh field. TPAO had a 16 bcm/y sales and purchase agreement with Turkmenistan’s state-owned gas company Turkmengaz since 1997, but this was never implemented due to the lack of a direct transport link between the two states. Mr Yildiz stated that Turkey is ready “to take an active part in the implementation of major energy projects to modernize the infrastructure of the domestic [Turkmen] energy sector, promoted by our country, and in the creation of the advanced multivariate system of Turkmen energy supply to world markets”. (CONTINUED - 377 WORDS)