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Vahid Salemi /  AP Miller,  right, talking with al-Attiyah as Nozari looks on. The three  discussed the formation of a ‘gas OPEC‘ on Tuesday.  

Gazprom,  Iran,  Qatar in ‘Gas  Troika’

22 October 2008By  Parisa Habezi / ReutersTEHRAN, Iran — World gas powers Russia, Iran  and Qatar moved on Tuesday to strengthen cooperation, and Tehran  said there was consensus to set up an OPEC-style group, which is  likely to worry Western consumers.

Gazprom said it had agreed with  Iran and  Qatar to form a “big gas  troika” and that it should become a permanent body holding regular  meetings.

But unlike Iranian Oil Minister  Gholamhossein Nozari, Gazprom chief Alexei Miller did not refer to  the establishment of a “gas OPEC” after talks with Nozari and  Qatar’s Energy Minister Abdullah al-Attiyah in Tehran.

“There  is a demand to form this gas OPEC, and there is a consensus to set  up a gas OPEC,” Nozari told a joint news conference after talks with  Miller and Attiyah.

Europe and the United  States have warned against such a  body, saying it could pose a danger to global energy security and  create room for price manipulation.

Russia, Iran and Qatar are ranked the  first-, second- and third-biggest holders of natural gas reserves  and together boast more than half of the global total.

“We  have agreed to hold regular — three or four times per year —  meetings of the ‘big gas troika’ to discuss key issues of gas market  developments,” Miller said in a statement.

“We have a common  vision of the goals of the forum and the need to transform it into a  permanent organization as quickly as possible to serve the goals of  stable and reliable energy supplies in the world,” the statement  said.


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