ANKARA, Turkey, July 5 (UPI) -- Turkey and Azerbaijan have reached an agreement on building the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline.
TANAP will not hinder construction of the Nabucco natural gas pipeline, said Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bagis, who observed, "Those who want to take natural gas through Turkey will be able to build their own pipelines starting from the Turkish-Bulgarian border to meet their demands."
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told journalists, "TANAP has become a project that regenerates Nabucco, instead of destroying it. Nabucco will be Nabucco if it's completed. But if the 2,050 mile-long (Nabucco) line cannot not be competed, then maybe we should prioritize the 800 mile-long (TANAP) line. TANAP will subsequently be the main artery of the pipeline network," Hurriyet Daily News reported on Wednesday.
Under the terms of the bilateral Turkish-Azeri TANAP pipeline accord, the line will transmit 10 billion cubic meters of Azeri gas to European markets annually, along with 60 bcm to Turkey.
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