Friday, 29 November 2019 12:55

TANAP’s launch to take place in Turkey

The commissioning of TANAP gas pipeline will take place tomorrow (November 30) at Ipsala district of Edirne province (Turkey) with the participation of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. TANAP will link to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) at the Greek border. The launch of the first stage (Phase-0) of TANAP gas pipeline took place in the Turkish province Eskishehir on June 12, 2018. Commercial gas supply to Turkey via this pipeline has been commenced since the end of 2018. The volume of gas transportation to Turkey via TANAP totaled 3.08 bcm (from June 30, 2018 till the end of October 2019).

The second phase of development of the Azerbaijani gas condensate field Shah Deniz in the Caspian shelf will be a resource base for the SGC at the first stage.

Other sources of gas, for instance Turkmenistan and also Iran, can join the SGC in future.

In addition of TAP, the SGC includes South-Caucasus (SCP) and Trans Anatolian (TANAP) gas pipelines.

TANAP will supply 16 bcm. Of this total, 6 bcm per annum will flow to Turkey and 10 bcm per annum to Europe.

TAP extends from the Turkish-Greek border right up to Italy across Albania and the bed of the Adriatic Sea.

The length of the gas pipeline makes 878km. Of this, 550km account for the north part of Greece, 215km for Albania, 105km the Adriatic Sea and 8km for the territory of Italy.

Initial carrying capacity of TAP will make 10bcm per annum with the possibility of its double increase.

About 99% of welding operations were performed on the onshore section of the gas pipeline by the beginning of August 2019. TAP construction is expected to be completed in 2020.

Engie and Shell Energy Europe entered into contracts on supply of Shah Deniz  gas via the agreements signed in 2013.

At that time, 9 companies signed 25-year contracts for gas sale to Europe: Gas Natural Fenosa, Depa, E.On, GDF-Suez (ныне Engie), Hera Trading, Axpo, Enel, Shell и Bulgargaz.

The volume of gas distributed between these 9 companies on basis of the signed agreements is not announced as it is a commercial secret.

Accordingly, the stake that Engie will pass to Shell is not announced as well.

However, it is known, prior to this deal Shell had signed a contract for significant volume out of 10 bcma designed for the European market.

8 bcma will be supplied to Italy. Greece and Bulgaria, each will receive 1bcma. 

The new agreement will make it possible for Shell Energy Europe to significantly increase gas availability for its customers.

In the meantime, SOCAR notes that Engie remains an important customer of gas produced within the 2nd phase of Shah Deniz field.

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