Turkey to support Azerbaijani gas pipeline proposal

21 November 2011 13:51  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Turkey is to support a proposal from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) to lay a pipeline that will carry gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz II gas field to the doorstep of Europe, the Turkish energy ministry said on Monday.

SOCAR’s Anatolian Transit Gas Pipeline, which may make use of some existing pipeline transit sections, would run from Turkey’s eastern border to its western border and have a capacity of 16 billion cubic metres/year (cbm/year) of gas, it added.

As such, the pipeline project is a rival to the EU-backed Nabucco Turkey-to-Austria pipeline project, which seeks to bring up to 31bn cbm/year of gas to Europe, to be secured from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan as well as possibly from Iraq and Iran, according to the Nabucco consortium.

Three other pipeline initiatives – the ITGI (Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy), TAP (Trans-Adriatic Pipeline), and the SEEP (South East Europe Pipeline) initiative recently announced by Shah Deniz operator BP – are also tendering for gas that Azerbaijan has said it will make available to Europe from Shah Deniz II once the field is developed.

The competing bids are to be examined by Azerbaijani state officials in late 2011 or early 2012.

By: Will Conroy
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