TANAP poses no environmental threat

By: Aynur Jafarova

The Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) gas pipeline project does not pose any threat to the environment, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz was quoted by local Turkish TV channel on December 9.

“Despite the importance of TANAP for Turkey, the route of the pipeline section, passing through the territory of the country, was slightly changed to minimize its impact on the environment,” he said.

Earlier, some Turkish media reported that the project allegedly poses a threat to the environment.

TANAP, developed by SOCAR in collaboration with Turkish Botas and the energy company TPAO, will deliver Shah Deniz gas to the Turkish-Greek border from eastern Turkey.

The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 16 billion cubic meters of gas a year. TANAP will link up with Trans-Adriatic (TAP) pipeline on the Turkish-Greek border. About six billion cubic meters of gas will be delivered to Turkey and the rest to Europe. The costs of the TANAP project are estimated at $10 billion to $11 billion.

Works on TANAP successfully underway

Head of Azerbaijan’s state energy company SOCAR RovnagAbdullayev told journalists on December 8 that works on the TANAP project are successfully underway.

“The project has completed tenders for the supply of pipelines. The announcement of the construction tenders has already been made,” he noted.

The SOCAR head also said the foundation of the Turkish stretch of TANAP gas pipeline will be laid in the first quarter next year.

No appeal from Russia

Abdullayev went on adding that SOCAR, which is the owner of the controlling block of shares in TANAP, hasn’t received any appeal on the possible transportation of Russian gas via TANAP.

Earlier, Russia abandoned the implementation of the project for construction of South Stream gas pipeline and decided to lay a route through Turkey’s territory. The possibility of using the TANAP pipeline for the planned delivery of Russian gas to the Turkey-Greece border was discussed as well.

Abdullayev said the transportation of Russian gas via TANAP was not taken into account during the design-driven study, adding that this issue can be considered after receiving a corresponding appeal.

Commenting on Russia’s abandonment of the South Stream project and the possible impact of this on the projects aimed at supplying the Azerbaijani gas within Southern Gas Corridor, SOCAR president said that these projects have never been rivals, since each of them has its own market.

“We don’t see any problems hindering the implementation of Southern Gas Corridor project,” Abdullayev said. “The implementation of all the projects within the Southern Gas Corridor is successfully continuing.”

The gas which will be produced at the second stage of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field development will be the main source of Southern Gas Corridor, which envisages the transportation of the Caspian gas to European markets.