Turkey receives proposal to become TAP partner
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 / Trend A. Taghiyeva /
Turkey's partnership with Nabucco West project is underway, but at the same time the country has received a proposal to become a partner of the Trans-Adriatic project (TAP), Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said on Friday, Anadolu news agency reported.
"We will consider this proposal," he said. "We will discuss its further outcome with our partners on Nabucco West project."
On Friday the shareholders of the project for the development of Azerbaijani gas condensate field Shah Deniz announced the selection of TAP as the transportation route for its gas to European markets.
The TAP project is designed to transport gas from the Caspian region via Greece and Albania across the Adriatic Sea to the south of Italy and further to Western Europe.
The gas produced within the second phase of development of the Azerbaijani gas condensate field Shah Deniz is regarded as the main source for the project.
TAP's initial pipeline capacity will be 10 billion cubic metres per year, but is easily expandable to 20 billion cubic metres per year. TAP's shareholders are AXPO of Switzerland (42.5 per cent), Norway's Statoil (42.5 per cent) and E.ON Ruhrgas of Germany (15 per cent).
Construction of TAP is expected to start in 2015.