(MENAFN - AzerNews) By Leman Mammadova
Azerbaijan exported 794.5 million cubic meters of gas to Turkey in December, becoming the country`s third largest gas supplier.
According to Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) report, Turkey`s gas import from Azerbaijan increased by 200 million cubic meters in December against the same period of the previous year, AZERTAC reports.
With 2.26 billion cubic meters of gas exported, Russia remains Turkey`s largest gas supplier. Iran is the second largest with 896 million cubic meters.
Azerbaijan exported more than 7.483 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey last year.
Turkey imports natural gas from Azerbaijan via the South Caucasus Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) and Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP). The South Caucasus Pipeline commissioned at the end of 2006 is currently supplying Shahdeniz gas to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
TANAP, along with TAP, is a part of Southern Gas Corridor project that envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijani Shah Deniz-2 gas field to European markets. TANAP gas pipeline was put into operation on June 12 in Eskisehir, Turkey. The first gas transportation to Turkey started on 30 June. So far, TANAP has transported about 800 million cubic meters of Shah Deniz gas to Turkey. TANAP will transport 2 billion cubic meters in 2019 to Turkey, 4 billion cubic meters in 2020, and 6 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be transported in 2021.
Turkey now imports liquefied gas from Algeria, Qatar and the US, except Russia, Azerbaijan, and Iran.
Since Turkey's energy security is dependent on foreign energy resources, Turkey has been continuously exploring new hydrocarbon reserves offshore and onshore.
Turkey is a partner in many strategic projects of Azerbaijan. Turkey was the first state to recognize Azerbaijan's independence in 1991 and has been a staunch supporter of Azerbaijan in its efforts to consolidate its independence, preserve its territorial integrity and realize its economic potential arising from the rich natural resources of the Caspian Sea.
Every year, trade and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey diversifies and covers new areas. Both countries are interested in the maximum expansion of relations.
Two countries have gained good experience in the implementation of large-scale projects of international importance, which are well known in the region and the world such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, TANAP, the Southern Gas Corridor and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.
Turkey and Azerbaijan, both effectively use their economic and energy capabilities, as well as the geopolitical position to expand bilateral and regional cooperation.
All projects initiated by Azerbaijan and Turkey are implemented successfully and serve further development and well-being of two nations.
Leman Mammadova is AzerNews' staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @leman_888
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