Ankara called TANAP an alternative to Russian gas supplies to the EU

TANAP was opened in 2018 and is part of the Southern Gas Corridor project from Azerbaijan to Italy.

The Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is an alternative to Russian gas supplies to Europe, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, Axar reports.

“One of the two main alternatives [to Russian gas for the EU] is TANAP, a joint project between Turkey and Azerbaijan,” — he said.

According to him, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, in a conversation with his Turkish counterpart Reyzhep Erdogan, called for “filling the gap” on the European gas market.

At the same time, Kalyn recalled that alternative projects such as Nabucco (a gas pipeline project from Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to Europe) have not been implemented in the past.

1850 km gas pipeline to transport Azerbaijani gas from the Shah field -Deniz to Europe was opened in June 2018. Its throughput capacity is about 16 billion cubic meters. m of gas, 10 billion of which were planned to be supplied to the EU countries.

TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor project (SGC) with a length of 3.5 thousand km: from Baku to the south of Italy. The project consists of three parts: South Caucasian gas pipeline Baku— Tbilisi— Erzurum, running through the territory of Azerbaijan and Georgia to the border with Turkey, the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP), running through the territory of Turkey, and the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP), passing through the territory of Greece, Albania and Italy. The cost of the Southern Gas Corridor was estimated at about $40 billion.

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