Ankara and Baku agree to speed up TANAP construction

Ankara and Baku have agreed to accelerate construction of the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced after a high-level meeting in the Azeri capital yesterday, as the two countries step up their efforts to diversify Caspian energy export routes and to reduce Turkish and European dependence on Russian gas. The aim is to bring forward the project’s completion from the scheduled 2018 completion date.
Expected to cost  around $10bn, TANAP will connect up with the existing South Caucasus pipeline that currently transports Azerbaijani gas to Georgia and east Turkey, and will take it from there to Turkey’s western border with the EU where it will  connect up with the Trans Adriatic (TAP) pipeline that will eventually run from Greece and Albania to southern Italy.