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The TRANS-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) will be launched on June 12 this year. On Friday, may 11, said the head of the energy Ministry of Turkey Berat Albayrak, according to the Anadolu news Agency.
“Commissioning of TANAP into operation — the key to the continuation of active energy policy of Ankara”, — he said. The launch ceremony of the new pipeline will be attended by the presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev, he said.
Albayrak compared the projects of TANAP and Nabucco. “Discussions on the implementation of the Nabucco lasted for many years, but progress has not been achieved. At the same time, thanks to the cooperation of Turkey and Azerbaijan the project of construction of TRANS-Anatolian gas pipeline is nearing an end,” said the Minister. This summer Turkey will start deepwater drilling in the Mediterranean sea, he added.
The initial capacity of the TANAP pipeline will be 16 billion cubic meters per year. About six billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey and the remainder to Europe.
On 30 April, the Russian concern “Gazprom” announced the completion of construction of the marine part of the first leg of the “Turkish stream.”
In February, Vice-President of Azeri energy company Socar Vitaliy Beylarbeyov Reuters in an interview confirmed that the export of gas to Europe via TANAP will start in the coming years. “SGC (southern gas corridor — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) will be launched on schedule in 2020,” he said. Gas supplies to Turkey via TANAP will start in early July of this year, said Beylarbeyov.
TANAP is an alternative to the Russian project of gas supplies to Europe pipeline “Turkish stream”. The TRANS-Anatolian pipeline — part of the southern gas corridor. It is assumed that it will ship fuel from the Caspian region via Georgia and Turkey to the EU.
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