European Investment Bank approves 932 mln euro loan for TANAP pipeline
The European Investment Bank approved 932 million euros ($1.15 billion) in financing on March 15 for the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), the largest part of a $40 billion project to bring new gas supplies to Europe.
The so-called Southern Gas Corridor is expected to bring around 16 billion cubic meters per year to Europe by 2020 from the Shah Deniz 2 field in Azerbaijan via TANAP through Turkey, the South Caucasus pipeline extension through Georgia and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to Greece, Albania and Italy.
Shah Deniz 2 is one of the world’s largest gas fields and is developed by a BP-led consortium.
Financing for construction of the TANAP pipeline has already been approved by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).