Turkish company reveals further plans on TANAP’s construction

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 22

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

After launching the Phase 0 of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), it is planned to complete the Phase 1 on the first quarter of 2019 and commission it as of June 2019, Deputy General Director for Internal Projects of the Turkish Tekfen Holding Mustafa Kopuz told Trend.

Tekfen is the contractor of TANAP’s Lot 3, which envisages construction of the pipeline from Sivas to Eskisehir in Turkey, as well as for construction of compressor and metering stations.

He pointed out that it is planned to complete 95 percent of work on construction of compressor stations as part of TANAP project by late 2018.

A ceremony to launch TANAP took place June 12 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir.

TANAP, together with Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which provides for the transportation of gas from the Azerbaijani field Shah Deniz to Europe.

The initial capacity of TANAP is expected to be 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year. About six billion cubic meters will be supplied to Turkey, and the rest to Europe. After completion of the TAP, the gas will reach Europe in early 2020.

The share distribution in TANAP is as follows: Southern Gas Corridor CJSC - 51 percent, SOCAR Turkey Enerji - 7 percent, Botas - 30 percent, and BP - 12 percent.

The launching ceremony of the first stage of the Southern Gas Corridor project was held in Baku on May 29.

The gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field has already gone through the first segment of the Southern Gas Corridor - from the Sangachal terminal to the expanded South Caucasus Pipeline.

The Southern Gas Corridor, which costs more than $40 billion, is one of the priority projects for the EU and provides for the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

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