The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) was launched at a ceremony held by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The ceremony, held on 12 June 2018 in Eskisehir, Turkey, marked the start of supply of natural gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz-2 gas field in the Caspian Sea to Turkey, and eventually Europe.
It was attended by heads of state and government, energy ministers, executives of energy companies, including Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
TANAP is part of a range of initiatives, including the South Caucasus Pipeline and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, aimed at ensuring energy supply and security in the European Union (EU) by developing the Southern Gas Corridor.
“Today, we are turning intentions into reality and delivering another tangible result under the Energy Union,” European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said.
“By helping diversify our energy suppliers and routes, the Southern Gas Corridor is strategically important for the EU’s energy security, including in the most vulnerable parts, such as southeast Europe and southern Italy.
“We all stand to gain from this ‘bridge’ between the Caspian region and the EU market. It is in our joint interest to make it a success.
“Our long-term objective is to create a pan-European energy market based on free trade, competition and diversified supplies, sources and routes,” he said.
“This shows that the Energy Union does not stop at the EU’s borders and it has a strong external dimension. Only like this it can be truly resilient.
“I trust that the construction of the TAP, a European section of the Southern Gas Corridor, will continue to progress also thanks to the continuous support of the three national governments involved, so that Caspian gas reaches the EU by 2020.
“It will bring significant benefits to its host, transit and destination countries, including their local communities – in terms of investment, jobs as well as lower energy prices for consumers and transitioning to low-carbon economies.”
For more information visit the TANAP website.
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First published 15 June 2018.