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Turkey plans to be region's energy center

06 March 2014 [17:55] - TODAY.AZ
By AzerNews

Turkey intends to become a regional energy hub, Haldun Yalchinkaya, the Doctor at the Turkish University of Economics and Technology (TOBB) told Trend Agency on March 4.

"Despite not all projects being implemented and there are some that were abandoned, Ankara is systematically working to be at the center of energy projects," he said.

Ankara's efforts aimed at turning into an energy hub, sooner or later will become effective, Yalchinkaya noted.

He also said Ankara always looks for alternatives to implement energy projects.

"The Trans-Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) project, as well as other projects clearly confirms this," he stressed.

The TANAP project, developed by Azerbaijan's SOCAR in collaboration with the Turkish state pipeline company Botas and the energy company TPAO will deliver Shah Deniz gas to the Turkish-Greek border from eastern Turkey. The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 16 billion cubic meters of gas a year. TANAP will link up with Trans-Adriatic (TAP) pipeline on the Turkish-Greek border.

Turkey acts as a transit country for important energy projects such as TANAP, TAP, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas line.

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