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Croatia looking forward to IAP gas flow

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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia, has recently stated that the country is looking forward to Azerbaijani natural gas being transported to Balkan countries via the Ionian Adriatic pipeline (IAP).

Grabar-Kitarovic recently stated: “This is a 520 km long pipeline, which would connect the gas pipeline system of the Republic of Croatia with the Trans Adriatic pipeline (TAP). This would be achieved by continuing construction of a branch from the Adriatic city of Split towards the port of Ploce and further on via Montenegro up to Albania, where the IAP would be linked with the TAP.

“In addition to Croatia, the countries included in the project are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, but the envisioned route of the gas pipeline would just cross the territory of Albania, Montenegro and Croatia, with the construction of a branch for Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

However, additional natural gas reserves from the Southern Gas Corridor are necessary in order for the IAP to be a truly successful project.

The primary source of producing gas for the Southern Gas Corridor is the Stage 2 development of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field. Here, natural gas will flow to Turkey and Europe through the construction of TAP, TANAP and the South Caucasus pipeline.

At present, the flow of natural gas to Turkey is scheduled to be delivered in 2018, with the gas reaching European markets the first half of 2020.

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