The expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline is part of the Shah Deniz Full Field Development project. This expansion involves the laying of new pipeline across Azerbaijan and the construction of two new compressor stations in Georgia. This will triple the gas volumes exported through the pipeline to over 20 billion cubic metres per year.
At the border between Georgia and Turkey, the pipeline will link into other new pipelines to provide gas into Turkey and the European Union.
A Final Investment Decision on the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion (SCPX) project was taken on 17 December 2013, coincident with Shah Deniz Stage 2.
In the first half of 2016, SCPX activities continued along the pipeline route across Azerbaijan and Georgia.
In Azerbaijan, mainline construction continued with approximately 129km of pipe welded, 112km of pipe coated and 85km of pipe lowered into trenches. Trenching, lowering, laying and backfilling activities are progressing. The complete stocks of coated pipe needed for the Azerbaijan section are now available at Mugan, Kurdamir, Yevlakh, Qazanchi and Dallar pipe yards. The second horizontal directional drilling site at Goychay was also completed during the second quarter of 2016.
In Georgia, trenching, lowering and laying activities continued during the second quarter. Mainline construction continued with nearly 52km of pipe welded, more than 28km coated and about 17km of pipe lowered into trenches. Construction works have continued at both of the compressor stations, with 57% progress at the first and 29% at the second station achieved. Metering station (Area 81) construction works are approximately 36% complete and on track for 2018 completion.