Azerbaijan, Italy commitments on TAP to expand bilateral co-op (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 7
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
The commitments undertaken by Azerbaijan and Italy on implementation of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will expand bilateral cooperation, said Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Baku Nov. 7.
“Our cooperation covers many areas, such as trade, agrarian sector, energy,” Gentiloni said in a briefing with Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. “Italy can also contribute to development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU.”
Mammadyarov, for his part, said the TAP project’s implementation continues in line with the schedule.
“There have been some delays, but we hope that they will be eliminated,” noted the Azerbaijani foreign minister.
TAP project envisages transportation of gas from the Stage 2 of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas and condensate field to the EU countries. The 870-kilometer pipeline will be connected to the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy's south.
TAP’s initial capacity will be 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year with the possibility of expanding it to 20 billion cubic meters.