SOCAR: Azerbaijan to proceed with gas pipeline extension to southern Europe


Azerbaijan will press ahead with plans to feed natural gas into an extended pipeline network to southern Europe, a senior official said, despite military operations aimed at the liberation of occupied Azerbaijani territories, APA-Economics reports citing Reuters.

Elshad Nassirov, vice-president of Azeri national energy company SOCAR, said the $5 billion extension of the Southern Gas Corridor network would be ready this month to take up to 10 billion cubic metres a year from the Shah Deniz field.

“In just two weeks, a new piece of infrastructure will be ready,” Nassirov said, referring to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline.

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, or TAP, is far from Azerbaijan, stretching 878 km (546 miles) from Turkey’s border with Greece across the mountains of Albania and the Adriatic Sea to Italy.

Shah Deniz is expected to reach peak output in 2023, around the time that TAP would also hit full capacity.