Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 18 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /
The new gas pipeline Trans Anadolu project between Turkey and Azerbaijan is designed to reduce the cost of implementing the Southern Gas Corridor projects, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz told the media on Friday, Anadolu reported.
"The application of such projects as Nabucco, ITGI and TAP seemed doubtful," he said. "However after a new gas pipeline is built between Turkey and Azerbaijan, the issue of the implementation of these projects will have more emphasis."
Azerbaijan and Turkey have begun working to examine the possibility of building a new gas pipeline which will stretch from the eastern border of Turkey to the western border of the country, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullaev said earlier.
Baku and Ankara intend to build a new gas pipeline to Turkey to export most part of the 50 billion cubic metres of gas that Azerbaijan intends to produce in 2025. Most of the players involved in the project intend to resolve all issues on this gas pipeline in 2012.
They also plan to start building immediately so it can be completed by the end of 2017. The second stage of development of the Azerbaijani gas condensate field Shah Deniz will be launched during that period.
The Nabucco gas pipeline project is designed to transport gas from the Caspian region and Middle East to Europe. The project is planned to start construction in 2013 and the first supplies will be commissioned in 2017. The total length of the pipeline is 3900 kilometres with a maximum capacity of 31 billion cubic metres per year. The project's partners include the Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Romanian Transgaz, Turkish Botas and the German RWE.
The Southern Gas Corridor is a priority EU energy project diversifying energy supply routes and sources and increasing security. It includes the Nabucco gas pipeline, TAP and ITGI (Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline).