Europe’s new energy corridor

Last edited: 9 April 2014

From the Caspian Sea, the Southern Gas Corridor will carry energy supplies through some 3,500 kilometres of pipeline to the heart of Europe. BP Magazine looks at what the project means in numbers

In December 2013, the Shah Deniz Consortium, of which BP is operator, announced the final investment decision for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan.

This decision triggered plans to expand the South Caucasus Pipeline through Azerbaijan and Georgia, to construct the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) across Turkey, and to construct the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) across Greece, Albania and into Italy, helping to create a new Southern Gas Corridor to Europe, as seen in this map.

Shah Deniz 2 and the Southern Gas Corridor pipelines in numbers

Number of pipelines that will be joined together to get the gas from Azerbaijan to Italy
Number of sovereign countries the pipeline will directly benefit – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and Italy
Number of new jobs created over the next five years. This includes around 10,000 local construction jobs in Azerbaijan
Number of subsea production wells to be drilled for the project. Five have already been completed
Number of kilometres the buried pipeline traverses – almost the distance between New York and Los Angeles
Amount of cubic metres of gas per year to be sold to market
16 billion
Size in square kilometres of the Shah Deniz reservoir – the size of Manhattan Island
20 x 7

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