On Nov. 30, 2019, Ipsala, a small and wonderful town with a surface area of 753 square kilometers and a population of 30,000, located in Turkey's Edirne province hosted a very important historic event for Europe. On this day, the city hosted the opening ceremony of TANAP, the 1,850-kilometer-long gas pipeline from the Turkish province of Erdahan onward to Europe. With this historic event, the export of Azerbaijani gas to Turkey and Europe became a reality.
TANAP is the key pillar and the most important part of the 3,500-kilometer-long energy corridor stretching from Azerbaijan to Europe. Once launched, the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will connect with TANAP on the Greek border, will lay the foundation of the first-ever direct transport of Azerbaijani natural gas from the Caspian basin to European markets. The $38-billion-worth TANAP project was a logical continuation of the strategic course designed and followed by Azerbaijan and Turkey to contribute to energy security of the Southern Gas Corridor involving seven European countries.