Caspian Sea Gas Pipeline Would Advance U.S. Energy Interests
In a long-awaited decision, the developers of the Shah Deniz natural gas field, a mega project in the Caspian Sea, have announced the route for the western end of the pipelines that will stretch from Azerbaijan to Turkey and then across Greece and Albania to Italy.
The decision will bring much needed energy diversity and security to Europe and further cement the US-Azerbaijani relationship when it comes to energy supply.
Initially carrying 353 billion cubic feet of gas each year, the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) — part of the Southern Gas Corridor — will bond Azerbaijan to the energy-hungry nations of Europe. Recent statements made by European leaders during Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to Brussels reinforced the pipeline’s importance to the region’s energy future.
The TAP establishes a new geographic reality by directly linking Azerbaijan, Georgia and potentially the entire Caspian region to Southern Europe. This is particularly good news for Greece — not only does it demonstrate the Shah Deniz Consortium’s confidence in that country’s future, it will also bring Greece jobs and much-needed infrastructure improvements.
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