Capacity increase of Southern Gas Corridor ‘accurate steps’: Erdogan

Türkiye and Azerbaijan attach importance to increasing the capacity of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) and the current developments in the energy sphere show that these steps are “accurate”, Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Crossing six countries and stretching across 3,500 kilometres, the Southern Gas Corridor, SGC transports natural gas from the Caspian basin to Europe, the Southern Gas Corridor connects with the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

Erdogan’s message was conveyed by Türkiye’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Cahit Bagci, who attended a special session in in the Azerbaijani city of Shusha, liberated in November 2020 from nearly 30 years of Armenian occupation.

In his message, Erdogan described the energy cooperation between Türkiye and Azerbaijan as “excellent” and said it is strategic not only for the two countries but also for the region.

He said Türkiye and Azerbaijan made “vital contributions to regional and global energy supply security by realizing mega investments such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipelines and TANAP.

Turkish president said in the current critical period when the world countries have been experiencing an unfolding energy crisis, the Southern Gas Corridor, of which TANAP forms the backbone, gains more importance, constituting as Europe's fourth natural gas artery.

Recalling that nearly 15 billion cubic meters of natural gas has been supplied to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters to other European countries via the SGC.

Erdogan said in the Shusha Declaration, two countries showed “the importance they attached to increasing the capacity of the SGC.”

“Current developments in the international arena also show these steps we had taken were accurate,” he said.

Source: Anadolu Agency