SOCAR: De­liv­ery of first gas via TANAP im­por­tant in re­al­iza­tion of SGC

Azer News - - Nation - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Com­mer­cial gas sup­plies to Turkey via the Trans-Ana­to­lian Nat­u­ral Gas Pipe­line (TANAP), which be­gan on June 30, are an im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal event in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor project.

The state­ment came from Pres­i­dent of the Azer­bai­jani state-owned com­pany SOCAR Rov­nag Ab­dul­layev, whose words are quoted in a mes­sage re­leased on July 2 by BP.

“De­spite the com­plex­ity of this megapro­ject, we have achieved co­or­di­na­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of seg­ments of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor in Azer­bai­jan, Ge­or­gia and Turkey, which were car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the sched­ule and at lower costs than en­vis­aged. Plat­forms and struc­tures for the Shah Deniz-2 were built by af­fil­i­ated com­pa­nies and all con­struc­tion work was car­ried out in the coun­try, which is a great achieve­ment for Azer­bai­jan and the whole re­gion,” he said.

Ab­dul­layev went on to say that work­ing to­gether with the re­gional gov­ern­ments and the co-ven­tur­ers in the Shah Deniz con­sor­tium, the sides have met this tar­get safely, on sched­ule and within bud­get.

“This demon­strates that to­gether we can suc­cess­fully de­liver high qual­ity projects. BP as op­er­a­tor is very pleased that the long­stand­ing part­ner­ships we have in Azer­bai­jan and the en­tire re­gion have al­lowed us to bring this world class project to suc­cess en­abling us to meet our com­mit­ments to con­sumers in Turkey. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to build on this ex­tra­or­di­nary de­liv­ery and work closely with the gov­ern­ment of Azer­bai­jan, SOCAR and other co-ven­tur­ers to­wards our next tar­get of gas to Europe in 2020,” he added.

Shah Deniz gas con­den­sate field, re­serves of which are es­ti­mated at 1.2 tril­lion cu­bic me­ters of gas is one of the largest fields of Azer­bai­jan. Within the sec­ond stage of field devel­op­ment, the vol­ume of gas pro­duc­tion can be in­creased to 24 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters per year, ac­cord­ing to fore­casts.

A cer­e­mony to launch Phase 0 of TANAP took place June 12 in the Turk­ish city of Eskise­hir.

TANAP, to­gether with Trans-Adri­atic Pipe­line (TAP), is a part of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor, which pro­vides for the trans­porta­tion of gas from the Azer­bai­jani field Shah Deniz to Europe.

The ini­tial ca­pac­ity of TANAP is ex­pected to be 16 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters of gas per year. About six bil­lion cu­bic me­ters will be sup­plied to Turkey, and the rest to Europe. Af­ter com­ple­tion of the TAP, the gas will reach Europe in early 2020.

The share dis­tri­bu­tion in TANAP is as fol­lows: SGC - 51 per­cent, SOCAR Turkey En­erji - 7 per­cent, Bo­tas - 30 per­cent, and BP - 12 per­cent.

The launch­ing cer­e­mony of the first stage of the SGC project was held in Baku on May 29.

The gas from the Azer­bai­jani Shah Deniz field has al­ready gone through the first seg­ment of the SGC - from the San­gachal ter­mi­nal to the ex­panded South Cau­ca­sus Pipe­line.

The SGC which costs more than $40 bil­lion, is one of the pri­or­ity projects for the EU and pro­vides for the trans­porta­tion of 10 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters of Azer­bai­jani gas from the Caspian re­gion through Ge­or­gia and Turkey to Europe.

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