Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.3
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The construction of Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) continues in Turkey successfully and without delays, TANAP consortium said in an exclusive interview with Trend.
Currently, work on welding 56-inch and 48-inch pipes is underway within the project, said the consortium. TANAP consortium added that 80 percent of welded pipes are supplied by Turkey 's production companies.
Aside from Turkish pipe suppliers, four foreign companies also participate in the pipeline's construction, according to TANAP consortium. The corresponding agreements with these companies were signed in October 2014 with participation of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, said the consortium.
TANAP project envisages transportation of gas of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field from the Georgian-Turkish border to the western borders of Turkey.
The groundbreaking ceremony for TANAP was held March 17 in Turkey 's Kars province with participation of Azerbaijani, Turkish and Georgian presidents.
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, while Europe will get it in early 2020 after the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is constructed.
BP and the TANAP consortium signed a shareholder agreement March 13, 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.
Edited by CN
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