New agreement with Turkey enables Azerbaijan to export not only Shah Deniz gas (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 2 / Trend , E.Ismayilov /
The Turkey-Azerbaijan new transit agreement will allow Azerbaijan to export gas not only from the Shah Deniz gas-condensate field, but also from other fields, Investment and Marketing Vice-President at the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Elshad Nasirov said at a conference " Place and Role of the State Oil Fund in Azerbaijan's national oil strategy "in Baku on Wednesday.
"It will be possible to deliver about 10 billion cubic meters of the Azerbaijani gas to Europe with the use of existing gas infrastructure in Turkey," Nasirov said.
He said three options are being considered to ensure the Azerbaijani gas transportation from the eastern borders of Turkey to the West. The options are the modernization and expansion of existing infrastructure in Turkey, construction of the Nabucco pipeline and laying of a new pipeline in Turkey.
"A new consortium will be established to consider the issue of new pipeline," he said.
Today, Azerbaijan has become a net gas exporter and several options are being considered to export increasing volumes of gas in the country, he said.
In late October, Azerbaijan and Turkey signed a package of gas contracts which includes cost issues of Azerbaijani gas for Turkey in the Shah Deniz-2 project, volume of gas supplies to Turkey from the field after 2017, as well as a transit agreement for Azerbaijani gas transportation through Turkey.
Reserves of the Shah Deniz field are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas.
Gas, produced from the field, is considered as the main source for the projects of the Southern Gas Corridor. Azerbaijan plans to supply 10 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe from 2017 within the Shah Deniz 2 project.
Another 6 billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey in addition to 6.6 billion cubic meters within the Shah Deniz first stage of development.
The contract to develop the offshore Shah Deniz field was signed June 4, 1996. Participants in the agreement are: BP (operator) - 25.5 percent, Statoil Hydro - 25.5 percent, NICO - 10 percent, Total - 10 percent, LukAgip - 10 percent, TPAO - 9 percent, SOCAR-10 percent.