Turkey supports Turkmenistan’s joining TANAP

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Trans-Caspian-gas-pipelineThe Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline project (TANAP) could also count on supply of Turkmen gas to Europe, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

He made the remarks following the negations with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat, a source close to the talks told Trend.

“TANAP may transport gas both from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to Europe through Turkey’s territory,” Erdogan said.

The president added that Turkey pays special attention to Europe’s energy security issues.

After the high-level negotiations held on Nov.7, Turkmenistan’s Turkmengaz State Concern and Turkish company Atagaz signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the purchase and sale of natural gas.

The TANAP project envisages gas transportation from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field to Europe via Turkey.

The initial capacity of TANAP is expected to reach 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Around six billion cubic meters of the total volume of gas to be produced as part of the Stage 2 of development of the Shah Deniz field will be delivered to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters to Europe per year. In the future, the pipeline may be expanded up to 31 billion cubic meters a year.

Plans are to commission the TANAP pipeline in 2018.


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