Angela Merkel Photo: Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his visit to Azerbaijan plans to discuss prospects of deliveries of the Caspian gas to Europe. According to Reuters, during the official meetings, the sides will consider issues of infrastructure development of the southern gas corridor (SGC), through which Azerbaijani gas flows through Turkey to Europe.
“We are extremely interested in the further development of the southern gas corridor. It’s part of the diversification strategy of the EU to ensure the supply of gas to Europe from different regions and not only from Russia,” — reports Reuters words of a senior German official.
It is assumed that starting in 2020 with the second phase of Azerbaijani field Shah Deniz to Europe will be delivered 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year. In the future it is also planned to deliver at the SGC gas from Iran, Iraq and Turkmenistan.
The southern corridor was officially opened in Baku this summer. At the moment, through SGC gas from the field Shah Deniz is delivered to Turkey TRANS-Anatolian pipeline TANAP.
The project also planned to develop the second stage of gas field Shah-Deniz in the Caspian sea, expansion of existing pipeline Baku — Tbilisi — Erzurum and the construction of the TRANS Adriatic pipeline (Trans Adriatic Pipeline, TAP), which will run through Greece and Albania, then on the bottom of the Adriatic sea to southern Italy. SGC involves Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Italy. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro intend to join the project.
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