In April Italy doubles purchases of Azerbaijani gas
The supplies of Azerbaijani gas to Italy via the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP) increased by more than two times – from 9.5 million cubic meters per day on average for the first quarter to more than 20 million cubic meters in April, reported the
Italian gas transmission operator “Snam”.
In February, in its quarterly report, Gazprom admitted that, “ifTAP reaches its design capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year, this may cause some fluctuations in the volume of supplies to Italy from other suppliers during the period of market adaptation to a new source of pipeline gas”.
In addition, in April Italy used 1.346 billion cubic meters of gas supplied from LNG terminals, which is the highest level since July 2020, according to Gas Infrastructure Europe.
Azerbaijani supplies to Europe began on December 31, 2020 via the TAP gas pipeline.
The total length of TAP is 878 km, of which 550 km passes through the northern part of Greece, 215 km – through the territory of Albania, 105 km – through the Adriatic Sea and 8 km – through Italy.
The gas pipeline is designed to transport 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from the Shah Deniz field as part of the “Stage-2” of its development through Greece and Albania to Western Europe. The throughput capacity of the gas pipeline makes it possible to double its capacity, up to 20 billion cubic meters per year.
In 2021, supplies of Azerbaijani gas to Europe are planned at over 5 billion cubic meters.