Azerbaijan proceeds with gas pipeline expansion

Despite the current conflict over Karabakh, Azerbaijan is proceeding with its plans to feed natural gas into an extended pipeline network in southern Europe.

State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Vice President Elshad Nassirov said the US$5 billion extension of the Southern Gas Corridor network would be ready by the end of the month.

Once complete, it will take up to 10 billion m3/year from the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea to accommodate for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

TAP is located far from Azerbaijan, stretching 878 km from Turkey’s border with Greece, across to Albania and the Adriatic Sea.

However, the pipeline’s operation will require Azerbaijan to pump additional volumes into the system from its Shah Deniz project – hence the current expansion. 

Due to the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, there have been concerns about the security of oil and gas pipelines in the region; however, the leader of the international consortium developing Shah Deniz said it would continue to enforce strict security protocols.

Shah Deniz is expected to reach peak output in 2023, simultaneous with the time TAP is expected to hit full capacity.

For more information visit the SOCAR website.

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