(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 16
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) may transport the natural gas produced at the Shafag-Asiman offshore block of fields, BP Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey Gary Jones said during a press conference in Baku Feb. 16.
Next year, exploration drilling at the block will start, and if gas reserves are discovered as a result of the drilling, the gas may be sent along the SGC, Jones said.
Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR and BP signed a contract on the Shafag-Asiman block of fields for a period of 30 years in October 2010. The exploration period is four years with a possibility of extension for three more years.
The Southern Gas Corridor, worth $41.5 billion, is considered as one of the priority energy projects for the EU, which strives for diversification of gas sources. The project envisages the transportation of gas from the Caspian region to the European countries through Georgia and Turkey.
At an initial stage, the gas to be produced in the Stage 2 of development of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field is considered as the main source for the Southern Gas Corridor projects. Other sources can also connect to this project at a later stage.
As part of the Shah Deniz Stage 2, the gas will be exported to Turkey and European markets by expanding the South Caucasus Pipeline and the construction of Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
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