Energy: Turkish companies to supply 80% of TANAP pipes

15 October, 13:29

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 15 - A total of six Turkish companies have won the tender to supply 80% of the steel pipe demand of the 1,800 km-long TANAP pipeline that will carry Azerbaijani gas to Europe via Turkey, as daily Hurriyet online reported. Contracts for the supply of pipes for the construction of the TANAP were signed yesterday with the attendance of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev, as well as representatives from winner companies.

    Under the agreements, some 30% of the steel pipes will be supplied by the consortiums comprising of Borusan Mannesman, Noksel and Erciyas, 25% by Umran and Emek, and 25% by Toscelik Profil. The remaining 20% of the steel pipe demand will be provided by Chinese Baosteel Europe, based in Germany.

    SOCAR's Abdullayev noted the great significance of the TANAP in creating the Southern Gas Corridor adding that more than 15,000 new jobs would be created during the construction of the pipeline. There will be four stages of the Southern Gas Corridor, which are estimated to cost around USD 45 billion. The first phase is the pipeline from production fields to the Georgian border; the second is the pipeline in Georgia; the third is the TANAP passing through Turkey to the Greek border; the fourth is from Greece to Italy.

    The project envisages gas transportation from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan to Europe through Turkey. The initial capacity is expected to reach 16 billion cubic meters per year.

    The construction of the 1,850-km-long TANAP is planned to be started in 2015 and completed in 2018. The pipeline will then be connected to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).(ANSAmed).

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