The welding works on the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP), which will pass through Turkey, is scheduled to make a start in July, Rovnag Abdullayev, the president of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), has said.
“TANAP is being constructed. $2.5 bln has already been spent for this project. Tender has finished and a $6 bln-contract on supplying pipes has been signed. Preparation works for receiving pipes are underway.,” Abdullayev said according to an APA report, citing 1prime.ru agency.
“Most likely, the welding works will start in July. We think the first gas from Shah-deniz will be delivered to Turkey in the first quarter of 2018.”
The SOCAR president also assured observers that there will be no problems in terms of financing as “the government is supporting” the project, he said.
The 1,850-kilometre TANAP pipeline will link up to the existing South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) which connects Turkey to Azerbaijani gas fields in the Caspian Sea through Georgia.
Once the project is completed, 16 billion cubic metres of gas will be transported through the pipeline. In terms of each country’s share, 6 billion cubic metres will go to Turkey and 10 billion cubic metres to a number of European countries.