曹海斌 摘译自 俄罗斯油气网
Southern Gas Corridor project allows Azerbaijan to diversify its gas markets
TANAP gas pipeline to Turkey was built in 2019, and gas supplies through pipeline commenced. Greece and Bulgaria will receive one billion cu m of gas each, and about 6-8 billion cu m, after the completion of the gas pipeline, to Italy. Yushkov said that Azerbaijan is the only source of gas for SGC. Initially, the SGC, as a European project, meant obtaining a large amount of gas with the possibility of expansion.
Gas was supposed to go through the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline to Azerbaijan, then volumes of Azerbaijani gas would be added to the gas pipeline and through a gas pipeline with great capacity all this gas would go through Turkey to Europe. This project was perceived as an element of the European strategy for diversification of gas supply sources, Yushkov added.
At a meeting of the SGC Advisory Council held in Baku in February 2019, the EU and Azerbaijan invited Turkmenistan to join the SGC project. However, so far no concrete decision has been made.
"Thus, Azerbaijan is currently the only source of gas in this system. The resource base for the project is the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas condensate field on the shelf of the Caspian Sea," the expert said.
Speaking about the current situation in gas markets, Yushkov noted that, despite fierce competition among gas suppliers, the Turkish market shows an example that this did not affect the price and volume of Azerbaijani gas purchases by Turkish consumers, since the contract was signed a long time ago.
The expert expressed confidence that it is now important for Azerbaijan to consolidate the gas supply agreements on the Italian market at the same prices, while it is beneficial for Italy to reconsider the indices in the pricing formula in favor of a greater binding to spot markets.