Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu went to Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, as part of his second trip abroad following the Nov. 1 elections where he spoke at a press conference on Thursday. Davutoglu said that Turkey and Azerbaijan agreed to speed up the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline project (TANAP) before the planned 2018 deadline.
During his speech, Davutoglu highlighted the historical relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan and the importance of the TANAP project as a safe energy transfer route.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev said that the TANAP project would also support the export of Azerbaijan's gas further through Europe.
TANAP will carry oil from Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea, over 1,850 kilometres, to Turkey and through Turkey’s western border with the EU.
Azerbaijan’s Minister of Energy Natig Aliyev previously stated in June that "Turkey and Europe will gain 16 billion cubic meters of gas with Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz II field" through the pipeline.
"However, this only accounts for 10 percent of Europe's total gas need. So, new resources have to become available,” he added.
When TANAP's first phase is completed before the planned 2018, it will be routed through Georgia and Turkey and then into Europe through Greece.