Gas injection into TANAP in test mode to start in early 2018
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 31
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
Gas injection into the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in test mode will start in January 2018, Zaur Gahramanov, director general of SOCAR Turkey Enerji, told reporters May 31 in Baku.
He said the pipeline’s construction is completed by 72.4 percent.
“The work is going in accordance with the schedule,” Gahramanov said. “We are currently discussing which gas will be used for the testing. Industrial gases may be acquired from Turkey’s BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation or Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR. Negotiations are underway. One to two billion cubic meters of gas are needed for the testing.”
He added that by mid-2018, TANAP’s section from the border with Georgia to Turkey’s Eskisehir will be ready for operation.
The cost of the project is $8.5 billion. TANAP is expected to meet 12 percent of Turkey’s gas demand.
TANAP project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field to the western borders of Turkey. The length of TANAP is 1,800 kilometers with the initial capacity of 16 billion cubic meters per year. Around six billion cubic meters of the gas will be delivered to Turkey and the remaining volume will be supplied to Europe. The gas will be delivered to Turkey in 2018 and after completion of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline’s construction the gas will be delivered to Europe in early 2020. TANAP shareholders are Southern Gas Corridor CJSC (58 percent), BOTAS (30 percent) and BP (12 percent).