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Signatures were put for TANAP, the Silk Road of energy
20 June 2014

Signatures were put for TANAP, the Silk Road of energy


Legal signatures of the project of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) which is a great cooperation of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the field of energy were put with the testimony of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of Turkish Republic, and İlham Aliyev, the president of Azerbaijan Republic on 26 June.




Legal signatures of the project of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) which is a great cooperation of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the field of energy were put with the testimony of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of Turkish Republic, and İlham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan Republic on 26 June in Prime Ministry Dolmabahçe Working Office. TANAP shall be carried out with the investment valued 7 billion dollars within 6 years.


The inter-governmental agreement in the project of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) was signed on 26 June 2012 in Prime Ministry Working Office. In the ceremony held with the testimony of İlham Aliyev, the president of Azerbaijan Republic, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Ministet of Turkish Republic; Taner Yıldız, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Natık Aliyev, Minister of Industry and Energy, signed in the name of both countries. With the signatures of Erdoğan and Aliyev approving the agreement as attestor, a new period has started in the field of energy between these two countries.


In the ceremony, the host country agreement corresponding to TANAP between the Government of Turkish Republic and Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Company was signed by Taner Yıldız, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Rövnag Abdullayev, the President of SOCAR. Rövnag Abdullayev, the President of SOCAR, and Mehmet Konuk, the Deputy General Manager of BOTAŞ signed in memorandum of understanding of the project with the testimony both countries’minister of energy.


Before the signature ceremony, two leaders, İlham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan Republic, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister, made bilateral discussion. After the discussion, two leaders who skip to the signature ceremony organised joint press conference. Leaders gave messages in their speeches  in the sense that the relations of two countries are strong and they shall continue to work together.


İlham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan, who said that TANAP was the project of Turkey and Azerbaijan said that “Turkey has accompanied with Azerbaijan in our riny days. Our people will always remember these. TANAP is the expression of these works. Azerbaijan sees the energy security of Turkey as that of itself. Our interests, intentions and policies are the same. I accept this day as a historical date because today we are adding new pages to great history book and putting our signatures on them. In the future, both countries shall benefit from it.”.



ALİYEV: “I SAY PROUDLY THAT RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND-AZERBAIJCAN ARE AT THE TOP” 


İlham Aliyev, the President of Azernaijan stated that he was pleased to be in sister lands and said that “I say proudly that relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan are at the top today. Azerbaijan has been a sovereign for 20 years. Relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan have always been at high level during this period. These relations are getting strong and deep. Loyalty and connection between these two countries’ people underlie these relations. Great leader Atatürk said that ’the grief of Azerbaijan is our grief, and complacency of it is ours.’. I am very pleased to experience these days.”.


Aliyev who said that they had also founded a great project in Petkim-İzmir, and total fund to be put in pipeline and Petkim would add up to 15-20 billion dollars said also that “If these relations had not been founded based on sisterhood and friendship, we could not have talked great funds”. Aliyev who told that “Loyalty of people underlies the works carried out stated that two countries would perform TANAP within 5 years, and they would happily celebrate the opening ceremony together.


ERDOĞAN: “AZERBAIJAN AND TURKEY ARE TWO COUNTRIES CONNECTED WITH EACH OTHER WITH STRONG SISTERHOOD AND AFFINITY”


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that besides deep affinity and neighbourhood relations which they emphasize on every occasion, there were relations which had strategic importance in the field of energy. Erdoğan who emphasized that in that respect, pipelines of petroleum of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and natural gas of Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum had been carried out successfully,and they were two historical project whose importance was approved in global level said the following:


“In this point, I want to emphasize that issue: We support the projects of South Gas Corridor which proposes to transfer the natural gas of Caspian Basin and Central Asia to Europe by means of alternative routes in our country both to ensure our oewn energy supply security and to contribute to the energy supply security of Europe. In this context, we give a great importance to the diversification of resources and routes which is basic component of our energy strategy.”.


Erdoğan recalled that it had been signed an inter-governmental agreement with Azerbaijan on 25 October 2011, and a memorandum of understanding on 24 December 2011 corresponding to the sale of 6 billion cubic meter- part of natural gas to be obtained under Şahdeniz Phase 2 to Turkey, and corresponding to the transit transfer of 10 billion cubic meter- part of it to Europe by way of Turkey in consequence of negotiations conducted last year. Erdoğan who said that a new step had been taken in 2012 announced that they had signed the agreement of host and government, and inter-governmental agreement corresponding to TANAP. Erdoğan stated that “Consequently, today we witness an operation which has a great importance not only in terms of development of energy cooperation of Turkey and Azerbaijan and energy supply security of our country, but also in terms of energy supply of Europe.”.


Rövnag Abdullayev, the President of SOCAR: “Turkey shall strenghten his hand in energy”


As Rövnag Abdullayev, the President of Azerbaijan State Petroleum Company (SOCAR) who gave directions about putting of offical signatures in TANAP remarked that the strategic cooperaton of Turkey and Azerbaijan got a new identifiction with TANAP. HeydarAliyev, who is a great stateman and the founder of modern Azerbaijan said, Abdullayev who stated that these investments conducted within the scope of the understanding of “One Nation, Two Country” had brought Turkey and Azerbaijan to the strategic cooperation beyond the sisterhood made that remark: “In the process of cooperation starting with the privatization of Petkim in 2008 in energy sector, one of the most important projects which accelerated the relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan is TANAP.”. The amount of investment which we,SOCAR,  shall make to Turkey with TANAP adds up to 17 billion dollars, and thus the most sizable country which invests to Turkey’s endustry shall be Azerbaijan, and the sizable company shall be SOCAR. We shall make a great contribution to energy security of Europe with TANAP that we formed with a pattern of a great team work. Turkey and Azerbaijan will have been relatively contributed to the world peace and stability with this project.


We, SOCAR know how important the project strategically is and we approach to TANAP with this rigour. With the signatures put today, we start our works officially. No one have doubt that the project shall be completed in time without any problem. I believe that Turkey shall be in better conditions day by day because of advantages arising from its geography and its geopolitical position. I concey my thanks to İlham Aliyev, the Presiden of Azerbaijan, to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, to Taner Yıldız, the Minister of Energy, and his team, and also to all my colleagues who did not refrain to contribute and support to perform this project. I hope that TANAP will be beneficial to Turkey and Azerbaijan.


Start of Lines from TANAP 


•TANAP shall be carried out with the proposed investment valued 7 billion dollars. The first step of the project shall be completed in 2018. SOCAR, BOTAŞ and TPAO attend to the consortium conducted for TANAP as first partners. Within the scope of TANAP, the portion of Turkey with BOTAŞ and TPOA in this consortium shall be 20 percent. 80 percent- portion of the project shall beleng to SOCAR.


•TANAP proposes that gas shall be obtained from Azerbaijan, shall pass through Georgia, and shall be sold and transferred by means of Turkey. 6 billion cubic meter part of 16 billion cebic meter gas shall be transferred to Turkey, and 10 billion cubic meter part of it shall be delivered to Europe by TANAP on border of Bulgaria and/or Greece.


•Points of exit of 56 inch-line whose port of entry is Türkgözü Entry Point on Turkey border shall be borders of Greece and/or Bulgaria, and its points of exit in Turkey shall be region of Eskişehir and Thrace.


• The first one of 4 steps proposed for TANAP shall be performed with the first gas flow in 2018. The capacity which shall be 16 billion cubic meter annually in 2020 is aimed to be increased to the level of 23 annually in 2023, and to the level of 31 billion annually in 2026


• The project shall strenghten the supply security of the Western region by supporting to west entry of Turkey National Transmission Line.


•When TANAP which has a great strategic importance for both countries supports the supply security with its capacity of defined natural gas and proper price for Turkey and Europe, it shall bring with great gains such as the transfer of natural gas resources of Azerbaijan to new markets.  

 


 Turkey’s President of SOCAR, Kenan Yavuz:


“Azerbaijan shall be the most sizable foreign investor in Turkey via TANAP”.

Kenan Yavuz, Turkey’s President of SOCAR (CEO), made remarks about SOCAR’s investments in Peninsula of Petkim and TANAP before the signature ceremony. Kenan Yavuz who emphasized that SOCAR would obtain the opportunity to be the most sizable foreign investor in Turkey thanks to TANAP said that “After SOCAR’s purchase of Petkim, total amount of investments which we plan to make in Peninsula of Petkim adds up to 9 billion dollars with STAR Refinery, Petkim Container Harbor, STEP Power Plant and increases in the capacity of present companies of Petkim, and also new product investments. The total amount of investment which SOCAR shall be make with TANAP in Turkey until 2018 shall add up to 17 billion dollars.”.


Yavuz who referred that TANAP would transfer the natural gas to be obtained from Şahdeniz 2 to Europe by means of  Turkey and Turkey would make a great contribution to resource diversity in energy pursued like that: “This project which passes through Turkey from end to end, and reach to Europe shall improve the conditions of Azerbaijan and Turkey which are situated in the most strategic geography of the world in the world stage in a incomparable range with today’s. These investments bring Turkey and Azerbaijan to a strategic cooperation beyond being sisterhood. We, SOCAR Turkey are very pleased to contribute to the growing economies of two countries and to their growing roles in the energy policy of the world”.  

 

The Prime Minister of Turkish Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s speech: 


I greet you Dear President, my invaluable brother, invaluable guests and pressmen with respect and favor. Azerbaijan and Turkey are two states which are connected to each other with strong friendship and affinity. Even with deathless saying of Heydar Aliyev,who is sainted President, rest in peace, We, Azerbaijan and Turkey see ourselves  as “one nation, two different states” and consider such. We brought our relations to the top level by adding a strategic property to meet our quality of sister country with the agreements which we have signed recently. There are relations with Azerbaijan in the field of energy, which has a strategic importance in addition to our deep affinity and neighborliness relations with it which we emphasize on every occasion. The pipelines of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan petroleum and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas has been carried out successfully within the scope of the our cooperation, and two historical projects whose importance is approved at global level connect us to each other in a different way. I want to emphasize especially that point:


We strongly support the projects of South Gas Corridor which proposes to transfer the natural gas of Caspian Basin and Central Asia to Europe by means of alternative routes in our country both to ensure our oewn energy supply security and to contribute to the energy supply security of Europe. In this context, we give a great importance to the diversification of resources and routes which is basic component of our energy strategy. The performance of South Gas Corridor has also an importance in terms of transfer of energy resources of Azerbaijan to Europe safely. We signed an inter-governmental agreement with Azerbaijani brothers on 25 October 2011, and a memorandum of understanding on 24 December 2011 corresponding to the sale of 6 billion cubic meter- part of natural gas to be obtained under Şahdeniz Phase 2 to Turkey, and corresponding to the transit transfer of 10 billion cubic meter- part of it to Europe by way of Turkey in consequence of negotiations conducted last year.


Today, we have taken a new important step once. We have signed inter-governmental agreement and the agreement of host and government correspınding to Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline whose short name is TANAP. TANAP is a project which has an important and historical quality to allow the transit transfer of Azerbaijani gas to Europe by means of Turkey. Consequently, today we witness an operation which has a great importance not only in terms of development of energy cooperation of Turkey and Azerbaijan and energy supply security of our country, but also in terms of energy supply of Europe, and you witness, too. I want to especially say that we are pleased to be with you on this historical day and proud of it.


Dear allies, the most important step related to the completion of legal infrastructure of the project has been taken with the agreements signed today. This project both improves the srategic cooperation between two countries, but also provides with a structural connection between Azerbaijan and Europe by means of Turkey. By the performance of the project, our countries will have both made a notable contribution to the target of European Union on resource diversification, and taken an important role in energy supply security of Europe. In other words, all these projects composing east west energy corridor are the strategic steps to improve security and peace and to provide with economic growth in the region. These proformas also strenghten the relations of countries in the region with Western world addition to the political and economic connections between these countries. In this respect, these aforesaid projects have  meanings beyond being just  commercial investments.


TANAP shall be performed with gas of Şahdeniz Phase 2. However, the transfer of natural gas to be obtained from other fields of Azerbaijan by means of this pipeline is also topical for the future. Moreover, gas resources beyond Caspian which pass in transit over Azerbaijan can also be directed to TANAP. We totally believe that this project needed an investment valued billion dollars will make great contributes to assure the welfare of people in the region and next generations. At the same time, we also believe that it will strenghten our joint destiny with Azerbaijan and energy aspect of our relationships continuing perfectly in every area. With this belief, I hope that the agreements signed today will be beneficial to everyone and I greet all of you with respect.


Especially in the matter of PETKİM, behavior of valuable brother, Azerbaijan is really commendable, and it has been one of the most important investments in privatization projects. Of course, Azerbaijan has not limited it with one step, and it has pursued. Aliağa is like a city and we wandered there with İlham brother by helicopter. A very different city is being formed with both its rehabilitation and additional investments. It is not limited with PETKİM. Except for petroleum products, all these steps to additional facilities and refinery from the port are being taken, and of course when these steps are taken, there is also an important thing here, that is, Azerbaijani gas is getting handled as if it was handled in its own country at the same time. It brings with something else. Here dear allies, one of the most beautiful expressions of being one nation is Aliağa, is Petkim, its refinery, its ports, and they are not limited with it. I want to thank once again. İlham brother virtually puts his signature on our education system by means of making schools built in different areas of our country in the name of both his father and mother, thus he fully clenches our friendship by means of putting his signature on them.


The speech of İlham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan Republic: 


Invaluable President, dear brother. Respectable women and men, dear allies. Firstly, I want to express my happiness because of being in sister country Turkey. Today, being with you in this historical day is an honor of me. I can say proudly that today the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey are at the top level. Last year, we celebrated 20th anniversary of our independence. Azerbaijan has been a sovereign for 20 years and the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey have always been at the top level during this period, and these relationships is getting strong and deep. Loyalty and connection between these two countries’ people underlie these relations. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the great leader of Turkey, stated that: “The grief of Azerbaijan is our grief, and complacency of it is ours.”. These historical deathless sayings are advisor directions both for Turkey and for Azerbaijan today. I am pleased to experience only happy days in recent years. Attempts which we have put forward together and projects which we have carried out both connect us and our people, and support to form new condition in the region.


Friendship and connection of Turkey and Azerbaijan perform all these projects. Of course, there are commercial, economic, and technical aspects of all projects. However, I can certainly say that we could not be successful in the fields of energy and in others if it had been not founded based on strong basis. Our relations have been spread to a wide area, they are in all areas. I do not know another one similar to Turkey and Azerbaijan in politic area in the world . We are be in activity with together in region matters, and we make always politic negotiations.


Our cooperation in the field of economy has a great importance for whole region, and cooperation ofTurkey and Azerbaijan is an element composing stability in the region. Great projects which we have performed in the matters of energy have brought with innovations to energy map.


The region cannot be thought without the projects which we have performed together now.  Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) project in 2006, and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE) project in 2007 changed the energy map of Europe largely, and today we are starting TANAP which has a historical importance on a historical day. I am sure that TANAP will be successful in the same way, too, and it will be completed in time and with quality as BTC and BTE projects.


As we know, there have been great negotiations related to the transfer of natural gas of Azerbaijan to Europe in recent years, and verious programmes have been conducted. We saw that there were no conclusion in spite of continual negotiations. And we took decision by making bilateral discussion as usual: “Turkey and Azerbaijan should take over the leadership on this point, and we should carry out this project together.”. This project is a project of Turkey and Azerbaijan. The documents signed today are evidence of that, and we shall perform this with our own power, our own money and our own technical opportunities. Firstly, we will have supplied natural gas to Turkey in greater volumes in the consequence of the performance of TANAP, and transit opportunities will be opened by means of Turkey at the same time.


This project shall also support the energy securty of Europe in the future. There is no collision between us about this matter. As you know, Turkey started to take natural gas from Azerbaijan after the beginning of operation of BTE Natural Gas Pipeline. TANAP shall largely allow natural gas of Azerbaijan to be transferred to Turkey. Our natural gas reserves are relatively rich. Only Şahdeniz project has ,2 trillion cubic meter- natural gas reserve. Moreover, the amount of reserve defined in other reserves of Azerbaijan is 2,6 trillion cubic meter. That is, I am sure that the project which we start today will ensure our interests and the matters of energy security in the period after ten years, maybe after one hundred years, maybe more than it. At the same time, the matters of forming of new markets for Azerbaijan will have been solved.


This project shall also support the energy securty of Europe in the future. Our cooperation in the field of energy is not limited with this project. Last year, we founded the great project together with dear brother Prime Minister in İzmir in Petkim, and within the scope of TANAP, total amount of investment is 15-20 billion dollars. Nevertheless, it is useful to say. If our relations had not been based on the principles of friendship and connection, it could not be talked about such great investments. Nevertheless, when we come to essential topic, loyalty of our people, combination of our interests, and the favour for each other underlie these relations. I am sure that these projects will make our relations stronger and greater projects wait us in the next years. In the context of TANAP, Turkey and Azerbaijan shall complete TANAP in time, within 5 years by takin over the leadership, and we shall celebrate the opening of TANAP in this happy way.


Today, relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan are different from other relations at global level, and they are selected ones. Our being a nation underlie these relations. “One nation, two states” , sayings of my father, the great son of Azerbaijan people, are heartfelt sayings. And the important thing is that these sayings are essential roodmap for us. We want to see our cooperation as more improved. Today, the projects which we have performed strenghten our cooperation. Our cooperation is necessary for both our states and our people, and also the region. The cooperation and alliance of Turkey and Azerbaijan are real and great element in the region now. It is the element providing with the stability, and we should try to support each other in every field. The first country which accepted the indepence of Azerbaijan is Turkey. Turkey has both fulfilled its responsibility of friendship and become a model for other countries at the same time. Azerbaijan people will always remember it. Turkey has been with us in our rainy days.


As usual, Azerbaijan is with Turkey, and this alliance, cooperation and friendship is getting alive and strong. TANAP is the outbreak of these works. Such projects have been conducted before, and they shall be in the furute. We consider TANAP  as the project of only Turkey and Azerbaijan. That Turkey and Azerbaijan are the ones who carried out the project is not casual. Azerbaijan has supplied its own energy security. We have resources. We see the energy security of Turkey as that of ours, and it is normal because we do not distinguish each other. Our interests, targets, and policy is the same and these projects stranghten the relations.


I stated intentionally that today was an important day. Really, we have opened new pages in the history book today. We are putting our signatures on those pages so that our people can benefit from it in the next years. I want to express my appreciation for your hospitality which you present to myself and nice sayings about Azerbaijan.  We should carry out this project within 5 years, and all institutions caring about this project shoıld take this target and they should make us happy again after 5 years.

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