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Azerbaijan supplies 3.5 bcm of gas to Europe in Jan-April – energy minister

BAKU. May 5 (Interfax) – Azerbaijan exported 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe in January-April 2022, Azerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov said.

"The Southern Gas Corridor has proved its strategic importance over a short period of time, guaranteeing European consumers uninterrupted and economically advantageous natural gas during the energy crisis. Azerbaijan is fully determined to further play the role of a reliable supplier of energy resources for the region and Europe," Shahbazov said on Thursday in Sofia during a roundtable meeting on regional cooperation for energy security, diversification, and transition to green energy in Southeast Europe.

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has transported 11.6 bcm of Azerbaijani gas to Europe from Azerbaijan, Shahbazov was quoted as saying the press service for the Energy Ministry. "In January-April of this year, 3.5 bcm of Azerbaijani gas was supplied to Europe, including 3.1 bcm to Italy, 0.3 bcm to Greece, and 0.1 bcm to Bulgaria," he said.

Shahbazov said earlier that Azerbaijan will export more than 10 bcm of gas to Europe in 2022.

Azerbaijan exported 19.2 bcm of gas in 2021, and 8.2 bcm of gas was exported through TAP to Europe between December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021, more than 6.8 bcm of which went to Italy, while the rest went to Greece and Bulgaria.

Supplies of Azerbaijani gas began running through TAP to consumers in Italy, Greece, and Bulgaria on December 31, 2020.

TAP is 878 kilometers long, 550 km of which passes through the north of Greece, 215 km through Albania, 105 km through the Adriatic Sea, and 8 km through Italy. TAP is the final component of the Southern Gas Corridor, which provides infrastructure for deliveries of gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.

TAP was built to deliver natural gas from the Shah Deniz field through the Southern Gas Corridor to Western Europe through Greece and Albania as part of Stage 2 of its development. Its throughput capacity is 10 bcm per year, which can be doubled to 20 bcm per year.

The co-owners of the project are the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic at 20%, BP at 20%, Snam at 20%, Fluxys at 19%, Enagas at 16%, and Axpo at 5%. The project cost 4.5 billion euros. Its foundation was laid on May 17, 2016 in Greece.