Azerbaijan has started to boost its commercial natural gas supplies to Europe by 25% through Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANGP).
Azerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov said Thursday that gas exports to Europe totalled 2.6 billion cubic meters in the first quarter of 2022.
“Supplies of Azerbaijani gas to Europe are expected at a level of over 10 bcm until the end of the current year,” Shahbazov said in a tweet.
Baku began supplying commercial gas to Europe Union’s states as well as to Georgia and Turkey via TANGP in late 2020.
Azerbaijan ambassador to Italy, Mammad Ahmadzade had earlier said that Azerbaijan has been ranked the third-largest natural gas supplier to the Italian markets through TANGP.
“We supplied approximately 7 billion cubic meters of gas to Italy,” Ahmadzade told Euractive.
The International Energy Agency in its 2021 report said that Russia was one of the biggest suppliers of gas to Europe with 45% of the European Union’s gas imports.
Western countries are currently trying to find alternative solutions to curb Europe’s dependence on Russian gas in response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
The international community imposed extreme sanctions on Russia to force Moscow end its military invasion in Ukraine.
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