Turkey, Ankara / corr Trend Y.Huseynov / A ceremony to open the Turkish-Greek gas pipeline was held in Edirne, Turkey, at the border with Georgia. Attending the ceremony was Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Turkish Prime Minister Rejep Tayyib Erdogan, Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanis and US Energy Minister, Samuel Bodman, a Trend Correspondent reports.
Bodman said that this project plays a role in enabling the export of Azerbaijani gas to Europe. "Furthermore, the gas pipeline will be extended to Italy," he said.
The Turkish Prime Minister appraised Alliyev's participation in the event and said that the gas pipeline will bring Turkey and Greece closer.
The Azerbaijani President said that the gas pipeline will serve as guarantee to peace and stability in the region.
Later the participants at the event pushed the button and took photos for the memory. The Azerbaijani President together with the Greek Prime Minister and US Energy Minister left for Greece to get familiar with the gas distributing station.
There are plans to export 3.6bln cu m of 'blue fuel' to Greece via this pipeline and 8.6bln to Italy. At the initial stage the demand of the gas pipeline will be made through the Shah Deniz gas, which will produce 700,000 cu m of gas a day.
Subsequently, the gas pipeline is expected to export gas to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.