BP begins gas deliveries from offshore Azerbaijan Europe

BP begins gas deliveries from offshore Azerbaijan to Europe

7:15 AM, 8th January 2021
The Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan has commenced commercial gas deliveries to Europe via the newly-completed Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) pipeline system.

LONDON, UK: The Shah Deniz consortium announced commencement of commercial gas deliveries to Europe from the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan via the newly-completed Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) pipeline system. The start of gas deliveries through the final section of the SGC – the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) – marks the full integration of the entire SGC gas value chain, stretching 3,500 kilometres from Azerbaijan to Europe. Bp is the operator of Shah Deniz.

Deliveries through this final stage of the system follow safe and reliable gas deliveries to regional markets from the Shah Deniz field via the first two sections of SGC – the South Caucasus Pipeline expansion (SCPx) and Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) – that started mid-2018.

The Shah Deniz field is the starting point of SGC, which has been built to deliver Caspian energy resources directly to European markets for the first time. The field is expected to supply 16 billion cubic meters of gas to markets in the region and Europe via SGC.

"On this historic day, we express our deep gratitude to the partner companies, specialists and all our colleagues, who participated in TAP, Shah Deniz 2 and the Southern Gas Corridor projects, contributing to the first delivery of Azerbaijani gas to the European market. As a shareholder in all Southern Gas Corridor segments, SOCAR is proud of the successful completion of this historic mission. We express our utmost gratitude and extend our congratulations to Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the author and the leader of this initiative!,” said Rovnag Abdullayev, president of SOCAR.

"Seven years ago, we made the final investment decision together with our partners. We embarked on this journey by signing 25-year gas sales agreements with European gas distribution companies. The construction of three interconnected gas pipelines across continents with a total length of 3,500-kilometres was a highly complex endeavour.We anticipate a growing demand for additional gas volumes on the European market due to the constant local production decline,” he added.

"The start of gas deliveries to Europe from Azerbaijan is the culmination of years of work by many thousands of people from all the countries involved – the workforce, communities, companies, the government of Azerbaijan and other regional and international governments, and SOCAR and our partners. This is a truly world-class project in all respects. This is an historic milestone, with Azerbaijan and Europe now connected with a direct, safe and reliable energy link, that again demonstrates that together we can deliver the most complex mega-scale projects successfully,” said Gary Jones, regional president for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, bp - the operator of Shah Deniz.

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