Azerbaijan and Turkey seek to benefit from Russian gas supply interruptions

The Trans-Anatolian pipeline has a capacity of 16 billion cubic meters per year, but that won’t make much of a dent in Europe’s demand for gas

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Ziare
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, touches a pipe as he attends the opening ceremony of Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), (Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

Approximately 16.2 billion cubic meters of gas will be transported to Turkey and Europe through the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) this year, the pipeline’s CEO Saltuk Duzyol told an online news conference.

In the midst of a worldwide energy crisis and the volatility and unpredictability of Russia’s gas supply, attention is now focused on an otherwise largely neglected pipeline bringing natural gas to Europe from Azerbaijan through Turkey,

Route of the Trans-Anatolian pipielne. (source: Wikimedia Commons)

As reported by Azerbaijani publication, News.Az, TANAP has transported 14.5 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey and 9 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe from the date of its commission until the end of January 2022, and the pipeline will be hoping to benefit from Russia’s breakdown with Europe over Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

TANAP, together with TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), is part of the Southern Corridor Gas project, which provides for the transportation of gas from the Shah Deniz-2 gas field from Azerbaijan to European markets.

With a total length of 850 kilometers, the pipeline is designed to transport 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. A total of 6 billion cubic meters will be used to meet Turkey’s demands, while the remaining 10 billion cubic meters will be sent to Europe.

Those 10 billion cubic meters, however, are but a very small part of Europe’s natural gas consumption: a relatively small country like country like Hungary alone uses around 11 billion cubic meters a year while Germany’s consumption is about 86 billion cubic meters.

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