Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The construction sites have been prepared for laying the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) in the Turkish province of Erzurum, governor of the province of Erzurum Ahmet Altiparmak told Trend May 27.
He said that some 1,000 workers are laying the pipeline in the province.
Altiparmak said that TANAP promotes the development of the province, including the creation of new jobs.
"TANAP is a very important energy project," he said.
"TANAP, which is a good example of fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, will ensure safe gas supply from the Caspian region to the European markets," the governor said.
Erzurum Province in north-eastern Turkey is one of the regions of the country through which the TANAP gas pipeline will stretch.
The TANAP project envisages the transportation of gas of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field from the Georgian-Turkish border to the western borders of Turkey. TANAP's initial capacity is expected to reach 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
Around six billion cubic meters of this gas will be delivered to Turkey and the rest of the volume to Europe. Turkey will obtain gas in 2018. The gas will be supplied to Europe in early 2020 after the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is constructed.
BP and the TANAP consortium signed March 13 a shareholder agreement, according to which BP will become one of the shareholders of TANAP. The agreement is one of the main documents for BP's ownership of a stake in the TANAP project.
Following the completion of a legal implementation procedure, TANAP's shareholders list will be as follows: SOCAR - 58 percent, Botas - 30 percent and BP - 12 percent.
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