Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave instructions to perform all obligations, which fall on the country on implementation of the Trans-Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) project, Turkish local media reported on January 14.
This indicates that TANAP is one of the strategic important projects for Turkey.
The TANAP project, jointly developed by Azerbaijan's state energy company SOCAR, Turkish state pipeline company Botas, and energy company TPAO, will deliver gas from Azerbaijan's giant Shah Deniz field to the Turkish-Greek border via eastern Turkey.
The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 16 billion cubic meters of gas a year. TANAP will connect to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on the Turkish-Greek border.
SOCAR has started choosing a location for the construction of TANAP. The process is done in collaboration with the Turkish Botas Company specialists.
Earlier SOCAR head Rovnag Abdullayev said Turkey's share in the TANAP project can be increased in future.
Turkey owns a 20-percent share in the project, while the rest of the shares belong to Azerbaijan.