The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP), which will deliver gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz-2 field and other fields in the Caspian Sea to Turkey and Europe, has been launched this week.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the launching ceremony in the central Turkish province of Eskisehir on June 12.
“Our country is now one step closer to its vision to become a hub of regional energy lines thanks to TANAP,” Erdogan said dubbing the project “the Silk Road of energy.”
The $8.5-billion TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor, aimed at turning Turkey into an energy hub and diversifying EU natural gas supplies. It will deliver 6 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Azeri gas to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters to Europe per year.
Poroshenko declared that Kiev “fully supports this project”.
“Today we agreed that we would be glad to diversify our energy sources and receive gas from TANAP via Bulgaria and Romania,” Poroshenko said at the ceremony.
The Ukrainian president said that his country always supports European initiatives in the diversification of energy supplies.