Azerbaijan and Italy Confer on Expanding Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

Azerbaijan and Italy agreed on expanding the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to further improve the transport of natural gas from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe.

Azerbaijan Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov met with Italy’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Luigi Di Maio in Baku, where they underlined the importance of making efforts on expanding the TAP.

The discussions were held in the conference titled “Azerbaijan-Italy: Path towards a multidimensional strategic partnership”, where Maio emphasized on strengthening bilateral energy cooperation and branded TAP as the reliable gas energy supply route to Italy and to the European gas market.

Meanwhile, Shahbazov called Italy as a largest trading partner of Azerbaijan and shed light over the importance of gas supply to Europe through TAP.   

Shahbazov said that with the expansion of TAP, Azerbaijan would be able to provide more natural gas not only to Italy but also to other European countries.  

“Our gas exports to Italy will reach 9.5 billion m3 at the end of this year,” according to Shahbazov.

Trade turnover between Italy and Azerbaijan was $9.6 billion in 2021, with Italy was Azerbaijan’s main trade partner.

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