Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz will participate in a ceremony on Sept. 20 in Baku, Azerbaijan, to mark the launch of construction on the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP), Turkish government sources have announced. The SCP is the first phase of the Southern Gas Corridor, which will carry gas from the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Turkey. The pipeline will connect to the Trans
Anatolia Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) via Georgia and reach Europe.
TANAP is intended to transport natural gas from the Shah Sea 2 and other fields in Azerbaijan - and possibly from other neighboring countries - through Turkey to Europe. The initial capacity of the Southern Gas Corridor is planned to be 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
Turkey was the 9th country with the highest natural gas imports with 45.2 billion cubic meters in 2013. According to the information gathered from American Energy Institute, three trillion cubic meters of natural gas is being consumed throughout the world. Japan imported the highest amount of natural gas last year with 122 billion cubic meters, followed by the U.S. with 88.7 billion cubic meters and Germany, the locomotive of Europe, with 88 billion cubic meters. According to data from the Energy Market Regulation Board (EPDK), 20.78 percent of natural gas consumption was in houses, 45.85% was used for producing electricity and 25.11 percent was used for industrial production.