Work on TANAP project goes according to plan – SOCAR

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.13

By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

Trans Anatolian Consortium pipeline (TANAP) will soon hold two tenders within the framework of the construction of compressor stations, a senior representative of SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) told Trend.

He said that in particular, two separate tenders for the purchase of the compressor equipment and conduct of construction works will be carried out within the construction of two compressor stations.

The contracts for the supply of pipes, construction works have already been signed, the tender procedure has been carried out, as well as works with two Turkish contractors to build construction camps within the laying of the new pipeline have been completed, said the representative of SOCAR.

"We are now at the stage of the transfer of these sites to the building contractors," he said. "We did it [the creation of construction camps] in order not to lose time. We brought it out of the construction work, held a tender on our own, prepared the construction camps and now hand them over to contractors. Thus, everything goes according to the plan."

The TANAP project envisages gas transportation from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field to Europe through Turkey.

The initial capacity of TANAP is expected to reach 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Around six billion cubic meters of gas will be delivered to Turkey, and the remaining volume will be supplied to Europe. In the future, the capacity of the pipeline can be increased to 31 billion cubic meters.

The gas will go to Turkey in 2018, and after the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) the gas will reach Europe around in early 2020.

It is planned to commission TANAP in 2018. The project's cost is estimated at $10-11 billion.

Following the completion of a legal registration process, TANAP's shareholders will be as follows: SOCAR - 58 percent, Botas - 30 percent, and BP - 12 percent.

Contracts for the supply of pipes for the construction of TANAP were signed in Turkey's Ankara city on Oct.14 with six Turkish and one Chinese company.

Turkey's Mannesmann-Noksel-Erciyas and Umran-Emek consortiums, Toscelik Profil ve Sac Endustrisi, as well as a Chinese contractor Baosteel Europe won the tender for the supply of pipes for the TANAP project.

All the companies that will participate in the construction and supply of the TANAP project in Turkey are exempt from VAT.

The consortium of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) made its decision regarding the contractors for the pipeline's construction on Dec.23.

Reportedly, the tender's winners are the Fernas Insaat, the Sicim-Yuksel-Akkord consortium, and Tekfen Holding.

They have been invited to the construction of the pipeline's sections running from Georgia's border to Turkish city of Erzurum, from Erzurum to the city of Sivas, and from Sivas to the city of Eskisehir.

Edited by CN

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