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Azerbaijan has never set a goal to compete with Russia in the European gas market and fulfills contracts in accordance with its obligations. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated this in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
“I would like to note one important point: neither before nor now did we aim to compete with Russian gas in the European market. We have our own niche. We have concluded agreements for gas supplies to three European countries, that is, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. There is also a need in other European countries (for Azerbaijani gas— RBC), and we are now evaluating this need, & mdash; he said.
According to the results of 2021, Gazprom delivered 185.1 billion cubic meters to non-CIS countries m of gas, of which about 155 billion cubic meters. m— to the European Union and Turkey. Azerbaijan supplied about 8.2 billion cubic meters to Europe in 2021 m of gas.
The day before, during a speech at a forum in Chernobbio, Italy, Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan plans to double the volume of gas supplies to Europe. According to him, a month ago, the EU and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum on strategic partnership in the energy sector, the next step should be political technical solutions, as well as investments.
“The capacity of TANAP is 16 billion cubic meters. m. We plan to increase it to 32 billion cubic meters. m. The capacity of the TAP is 10 billion cubic meters. m, it is currently operating at full capacity and we need to increase its capacity to at least 20 billion cubic meters. m»,— pointed out the head of Azerbaijan.
In mid-July, Aliyev and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a memorandum on energy cooperation in Baku. Among other things, the document talked about doubling the capacity of the Southern Gas Corridor. According to von der Leyen, the agreement will help offset disruptions in Russian gas supplies by 2027 and improve the security of supplies to Europe.
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TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor project (SGC) from Baku to the south of Italy. It consists of three parts: South Caucasian gas pipeline Baku— Tbilisi— Erzurum, running through the territory of Azerbaijan and Georgia to the border with Turkey, the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP), running through the territory of Turkey, and the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP), passing through the territory of Greece, Albania and Italy. The cost of the Southern Gas Corridor was estimated at about $40 billion.
In July, Turkey, which is also a member of TANAP, called the gas pipeline an alternative to Russian gas supplies to the EU. At the same time, the representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalyn, said that Aliyev, in a conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan, called for “filling the gap” on the European gas market.
Since the end of February, the European Union has introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia, but they did not directly affect gas supplies. At the same time, the Russian “Gazprom” since mid-June, reduced the volume of pumping through the Nord Stream; due to the fact that the turbine of the German company Siemens, which was being repaired in Canada, could not be returned to Russia due to sanctions. September 2 Gazprom completely stopped deliveries via Nord Stream. In Europe, Russia was accused of political reasons for stopping supplies, Moscow refers to technical problems.
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