Azerbaijan, Baku, Sep. 19 / Trend A. Badalova/
The Shah Deniz -2 gas purchase agreement is a great deal, BP-Azerbaijan head Gordon Birrell said following a contract signing ceremony in Baku on Thursday.
"The Shah Deniz -2 gas purchase agreement, the signing of which we witness today, is one of the biggest gas deal in the oil and gas industry. As the Shah Deniz consortium, we are proud to be engaged in that deal," Birrell said.
According to Birrel, the reached agreements underpin 25 years of cooperation on delivering 10 billion cubic meters of gas to be produced within Shah Deniz-2 project to the European consumers.
"Azerbaijan will be a reliable gas supplier to Europe. Shah Deniz will pave the way. First step will be followed by the future opportunities. I would like to congratulate Europe with getting new diversified source of gas," he said.
The consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas and condensate field development signed contracts in Baku on Thursday with the buyers of Azerbaijani gas in Europe.
The agreements signed today in Baku are long term gas contracts each for 25 years. The gas sales offers received from buyers were considered alongside the gas transportation offers that have determined the commerciality of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and its respective markets. During the selection process gas sale offers were received for more than double the volume of available gas from more than 15 different gas buyers across Europe.
The gas sales agreements are subject to the final investment decision on Shah Deniz Stage 2 which is planned for late this year. Following the final investment decision it is expected that the first gas will be delivered to Turkey in 2018 and to Europe in 2019.
The contracts on the purchase of Azerbaijani gas from the second phase of Shah Deniz field development (Shah Deniz-2 project) were signed with Shell, Bulgar gas,Gas Natural Fenosa, EON, Gaz de France, Hera, Enel, Axpo, DEPA.
Gas to be produced within the Shah Deniz-2 project is the main source for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which in June was selected as a route for transportation of Azerbaijani gas to European markets.
The TAP project is designed to transport gas from Caspian region through Greece, Albania and Adriatic Sea to the South of Italy, and then to the Western Europe.
The initial capacity of TAP will amount to 10 billion cubic metres per annum with the possibility of expanding to 20 billion cubic metres per annum.
Currently TAP's shareholders include BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Statoil (20 percent), Fluxys (16 percent), Total (10 percent), E.ON (9 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).
The construction of TAP is planned to start in 2015.
The reserves of the Shah Deniz field are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas.
The first gas within Shah Deniz-2 project is planned to be obtained by 2018.