What Happened: Construction on the Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline (TANAP) — the last segment of the Southern Gas Corridor — was completed July 1, with deliveries of natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe ready to begin, Azernews reported.
Why It Matters: TANAP stretches east and west along the length of Turkey and connects to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which is set to come online next year. The project, which will deliver natural gas supplies to Italy through Greece and Albania, will help diversify European natural gas imports away from Russia.
Background: TANAP construction began in 2015, and the 1,800-kilometer (1,118-mile) pipeline has a capacity of 16 billion cubic meters (bcm). Of that, 6 bcm will be delivered to Turkey with the remainder going to Europe.
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