European Centre for Energy & Resource Security, King’s College London: Southern Gas Corridor – The Decision

By Friedbert Pflüger

The Shah Deniz II consortium made its final decision for the Southern Gas Corridor on 28th of June 2013 and selected the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to bring natural gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. From 2018, TAP will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) and transport 10-20 bcm of natural gas annually from Azerbaijan through Turkey, Greece and Albania to Italy.

With the decision, the years-long selection process between different pipeline projects has come to an end. At EUCERS, we have discussed the Southern Gas Corridor extensively, as the development of diversified energy supply routes is core for Europe’s energy security strategy. In November 2010, EUCERS hosted a workshop on “Turkey - an Energy Hub for Europe”, with a keynote by Dr Wolfgang Schüssel, former Chancellor of Austria and Member of the Supervisory Board at RWE AG – then shareholder of the Nabucco pipeline project (RWE owned a 17% share).

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