Caspian Conference: TANAP Key to Delivering Energy Security to Europe
Key energy officials from Azerbaijan and Turkey have highlighted the growing role played by their respective countries, via the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), in helping to deliver energy security to Europe in the future.
Speaking Wednesday at the Caspian Oil & Gas Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan's Minister of Industry and Energy Natiq Aliyev noted that his country's significance is growing when it comes to the provision of energy security for Europe with Azerbaijan "playing the role of a bridge between East and West".
Sefa Sadik Aytekin, Deputy Undersecretary at Turkey's Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, also used the bridge metaphor, pointing out that Turkey "forms a natural energy bridge to transport hydrocarbons from Central Asia and the Middle East to world markets".
TANAP – a natural gas pipeline from Azerbaijan that connects to Europe through Georgia and Turkey – will form a key part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which is a European Commission-led initiative for gas supply from the Caspian and Middle Eastern regions to Europe. The pipeline, which had its ground-breaking ceremony in Turkey in mid-March, will connect with the Trans Adriatic Pipeline to connect the Shah Deniz field to European markets.
After BP and its partners decided in December 2013 to go ahead with the Stage Two development of Shah Deniz, the field will see some 565 billion cubic feet of gas per year carried more than 2,100 miles through Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Italy. But both Aytekin and Aliyev pointed out that TANAP will also help to boost the development of other gas regions in the Caspian and Middle East regions.
"The TANAP project will facilitate the realization of other projects within the Southern Gas Corridor," Aytekin said.
"In the long term, initial gas… via the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline could also be delivered by the TANAP system to Europe. And Iraqi gas has great potential to enhance Turkey's and European countries' energy security."
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