Friday, March 13, 2015

BP acquires 12 percent stake in TANAP pipeline project

Energy giant BP signed an agreement on March 13 to acquire a 12 percent stake in the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP).

The agreement was inked in the Turkish capital Ankara by Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız, State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) President Rovnag Abdullayev, Turkey’s Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAŞ) Deputy General Manager Mehmet Konuk, TANAP General Manager Saltuk Düzyol, and BP Azerbaijan President Gordon Birrell.  

TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which plans to carry natural gas sourced in Azerbaijan near the Caspian Sea to Europe through Turkey.

“TANAP has faced many political and economic obstacles throughout its development, however Turkey will always fully support the project,” Yıldız said, in his speech after the signing ceremony.

The decrease in oil prices will not affect the completion of the project, he added, stressing that Ankara has full confidence in the project’s partners, BP and SOCAR.

With the agreement, SOCAR will hold a 58 percent stake in TANAP, BOTAŞ will have a 30 percent stake and BP will have a 12 percent stake.

Yıldız also emphasized that TANAP will not be a rival to the planned gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey announced earlier this year, unofficially called “Turkish Stream.”..............


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