Baku is to host a sign-off ceremony on Tuesday for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project which is to carry natural gas in the Shah Sea 2 field in Azerbaijani through Turkey to Europe…
The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in southern Italy. Partners of TANAP (Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline Project) which will carry gas to Europe through Turkey will take part at the ceremony.
The attendants at the ceremony will include Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger as well as high officials from Albania and Bulgaria.
During the meeting, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz will represent Turkey.
The project is aimed at enhancing security of supply as well as persification of gas supplies for the European markets. In 2003 the pre-feasibility study for TAP was conducted and the pipeline developers plan to begin construction in early 2015 to be ready for the first gas from Shah Sea by 2019.