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First gas arrives in Turkey through pipeline from Azerbaijan

June 12, 2018

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey and Azerbaijan have inaugurated a key pipeline carrying natural gas from Azerbaijan’s gas fields to Turkish markets and eventually to Europe.

The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, or TANAP, is part of a wider Southern Gas Corridor project that aims to diversify gas supplies to Europe and reduce countries’ dependence on Russia.

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev met in central Eskisehir province on Tuesday for a ceremony marking the delivery of the first gas. The Ukrainian and Serbian presidents also attended.

The pipeline will eventually be connected to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, or TAP, at the Turkey-Greece border.

It will deliver 6 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters to Europe.

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