The Shah Deniz consortium has begun evaluating binding transportation offers from the two pipeline consortia offering to carry gas from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan into Europe. This represents another important milestone in the realisation of the Southern Gas Corridor. The two consortia, Nabucco Gas Pipeline International and Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), have been in extensive negotiations with the Shah Deniz consortium following delivery of their initial gas transportation offers at the end of March 2013.
Those offers have now been approved by their shareholders and have become final and binding.
Furthermore, the consortium also received gas sales offers for more than 30 billion cubic metres of gas a year (BCMA) from more than 15 different gas buyers across Europe. The gas sales offers will be considered alongside the transportation offers to determine the commerciality of the pipeline options and the respective markets.
Nabucco Gas Pipeline International and Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) are offering to carry 10 BCMA of gas to different markets in Central and Southern Europe. The Shah Deniz consortium is currently finalising its assessment of these offers.