BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan.27
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Southern Gas Corridor fulfills both conditions of EU energy security, Croatian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Branco Zebic told Trend.
“Energy union as it has been presented in February 2015 became some sort of common energy policy of EU. It is set up on five main pillars and one of them is security of supply. To secure access to affordable energy for all EU citizens, it is important to follow two main rules: first is diversification of sources and second is secure constant supply. The SGC fulfil both conditions what make this pipeline important part of the EU energy infrastructure. We can only congratulate Azerbaijan once again to provide this large-scale project in such a short time,” said the envoy.
He expressed confidence that Azerbaijan and South-Eastern Europe will continue their cooperation and that Ionian-Adriatic pipeline will be completed and provide this part of Europe with new secure source of gas.
The Southern Gas Corridor, which is comprised of Shah Deniz 2, the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion, the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) became fully operational on December 31, 2020.
Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG confirmed on Dec. 31 the commencement of gas flows from Azerbaijan. The first gas has reached Greece and Bulgaria, via the Nea Mesimvria interconnection point with DESFA, as well as Italy, via the Melendugno interconnection point with SNAM Rete Gas (SRG).
TAP transports natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
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