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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 1
By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:
SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) has become the commercial operator of the South Caucasus gas pipeline through which Azerbaijan currently sells its gas to Georgia and Turkey. Gas is extracted at the Shah Deniz field.
Previously, Norwegian Statoil company was the commercial operator. It left the project by selling its share to the Malaysian Petronas company.
Norway's Statoil sold its 15.5-percent share in the Shah Deniz project to the Malaysian Petronas oil and gas company.
The cost of the deal, including a 15.5 percent share in the South Caucasus Pipeline Company (SCPC) and a 12.4 percent share in the Azerbaijan Gas Supply Company (AGSC), is $2.25 billion.
The contract for development of the Shah Deniz offshore field was signed on June 4, 1996. The field's reserve is estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas.
The gas will be exported to Turkey and the European markets by expanding the South Caucasus gas pipeline and constructing the Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) and Trans-Adriatic (TAP) gas pipelines within the second stage of the field development. The first gas will be supplied to Turkey in 2018, while to Europe - in 2019.
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