The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement after Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources and Azerbaijan’s Energy Minister that Turkey would supply natural gas supplies from Turkey to Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan enclave.
This deal has been realized through a partnership between Turkey’s crude oil and natural gas pipeline trading company (BOTAS) and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR.
During the ceremony, Sabah News reported that Azerbaijan’s Energy minister said the new MoU would play a crucial role in developing and expanding the already-strong relationship between the two countries. He reiterated that natural gas is already being supplied to Nakhchivan through Iran. However, he said that thanks to the new pipeline, Azerbaijan’s gas will be directly transmitted to the region.
The Turkey- Nakhchivan natural gas pipeline is one of the latest examples of broader energy cooperation between Ankara and Baku.
After the signing of the MoU, the Turkish Energy minister announced that a total of 8.1 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas has flowed through the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) since its inauguration in June 2018 due to “successful cooperation” between the two countries. He also said that to date, 70 million cubic meters of natural gas have flowed to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
The 878-kilometer (546-mile) TAP began commercial operations last month to carry 10 bcm of Azerbaijani gas annually to Europe.
The pipeline will represent the European segment of the Southern Gas Corridor, a $40 billion dollar deal between the EU and Azerbaijan, who will export natural gas in a supply route. It connects with the TANAP at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi then crosses Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in southern Italy.