The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is expected to reach a milestone by month-end, delivering the contracted 6 billion cubic meters (Bcm) of Azeri gas to Turkey, Kallanish Energy reports.
The $7 billion pipeline, which was launched in June 2018, has been gradually ramping up capacity from its initial 2 Bcm/y supply. The project is key to the so-called Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500-km network of several pipelines transporting gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz 2 gas field to Southern Europe.
TANAP’s general manager Saltuk Düzyol said the pipeline will soon be able to start delivering 10 Bcm/y of gas to Europe, through its connection with the TAP pipeline. He said TANAP already supplied 21.4 million cubic meters of filling gas to TAP to be used for testing and commissioning activities.
As reported by Kallanish Energy, TAP completed its offshore section last week and is nearing project completion.
With a length of 1,850 km, TANAP is the longest natural gas project in the Middle East and Europe. Düzyol told Turkish state news agency Anadolu that the 16 Bcm/y pipeline could have capacity expanded to 24-31 Bcm/y “over time.”
Turkey has become an energy hub supplying gas to Europe via pipelines from Asia – Azerbaijan, and Russia. The two countries are the two top exporters to the Middle Eastern nation, which has started looking at liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports as a means to diversify its sources and take advantage of low spot prices.