TANAP to ramp up gas exports to Turkey by year-end

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Turkey’s gas imports via the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) will incrementally increase from the 1.25 billion cubic meters sent between June 30, 2018 and February 28, 2019 to 4 billion cubic meters by the end of this year, said TANAP`s general manager Saltuk Duzyol.

Duzyol explained that gas imports via this “key project in contributing to Turkey’s energy security”, would incrementally increase and Turkey would receive 2 billion cubic meters of gas by the end of June 2019 and 4 billion cubic meters of gas by the end of the year.

He added that 190 employees are still working on the project, whose calculated investment cost at the start was $11.77 billion but fell to $7 billion, marking 41 percent savings.

TANAP’s annual capacity is 16 billion cubic meters but its design capacity is almost double at 31 billion cubic meters per year, Duzyol confirmed.

The European phase of the project will start gas tests on April 15, he said. “If everything goes right, we will be ready to send natural gas to Europe by July 1. However, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) may not be ready to receive gas at that time.”

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