Azerbaijan is strategic energy partner for European Commission

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.1

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Azerbaijan is a strategic energy partner for the European Commission, together with other Eastern Partners, the European Commission told Trend talking about how the EU can contribute to the promotion of clean energy strategy in Azerbaijan.

“Concerning the energy policy pursued with Europe's Eastern Neighborhood, the energy work program for 2018-2019 involves finding ways to stimulate the construction of missing infrastructure links, bring partner countries' energy-related rules more in line with EU rules, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as nuclear safety and work on conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources in the safest and most efficient way,” said the European Commission.

The EU strongly supports the Southern Gas Corridor project, which is jointly implemented by Azerbaijan and its foreign partners.

The Southern Gas Corridor provides for the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

On May 29, Baku hosted the launch ceremony of the first phase of the Southern Gas Corridor project, and on June 12, the opening ceremony of TANAP pipeline was held in the Turkish province of Eskisehir with the participation of the presidents of Azerbaijan - Ilham Aliyev, Turkey - Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukraine - Petro Poroshenko and Serbia - Alexander Vucic.

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 next stage is the commissioning of the TANAP gas pipeline, through which gas will flow into Turkey and further to Europe.

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