Turkey Launches Historic TANAP Gas Pipeline Project

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline the fruit of the shared vision of the countries involved in the project.

Turkey along with other partner countries launched on Tuesday the historic Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project in the central Turkish city of Eskisehir.

The inauguration of the project was performed jointly by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Mustafa Akinci, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


Turkish President Erdogan poses with his counterparts Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia, Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci during the inauguration ceremony of Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), in Eskisehir, Turkey on June 12, 2018.


Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan called TANAP the fruit of the shared vision of the countries involved in the project and said it would pave the way for similar future projects.

A historic step

“The political and economic stability ensured over the last 16 years in Turkey has played a very significant role in realizing TANAP in such a short time,” Erdogan said, referring to the era governed by the Justice and Development (AK) Party.

Calling it a historic step for the countries of the region, he added, "We are opening the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, the backbone of the southern gas corridor, which we call the Silk Road of energy."

Erdogan said the project was made possible primarily due to good Turkish-Azeri relations, based on mutual trust. He added that the harmonization and understanding among producers, transit, consumer countries, and companies also sped up the process.