Turkey and Azerbaijan will accelerate the construction of TANAP gas project

MOSCOW, 4 Dec. Turkey and Azerbaijan agreed to finalize the project of TRANS-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) before 2018, reports Reuters with reference to the words of Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu at a press conference after talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Earlier it was reported that to complete the construction anticipated in 2019.

TANAP is intended to transport Azerbaijani gas to Turkey and Europe and is important for the Turkish side on the background of cooling relations with Russia. Reducing the time of construction of the pipeline will help Turkey to quickly reduce its dependence on Russian gas supplies, which are among the largest in the country.

“In the implementation of the TANAP project is no problem and today we again discussed this issue. I am sure that this project will be implemented on time in 2018, and possibly earlier. Thus, Azerbaijan can export gas in large volumes at first to Turkey and then to Europe. Turkey and Europe will get access to new, alternative source,” the Azerbaijani Trend news Agency the words of President Ilham Aliyev.

Relations of Russia and Turkey are in crisis after November 24, Turkish F-16 shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24. The Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “stab in the back” by the accomplices of terrorists. Earlier Putin signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and on the special economic measures against Turkey.

The TANAP project involves the construction by 2019 of a system of gas pipelines from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field through Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania to southern Italy. On them it is planned to supply 6 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters — to Europe. In the future the gas pipeline capacity can be increased to 31 billion cubic meters. Construction of the pipeline began in March of 2015.