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The crisis in EU-Russia relations over Ukraine has made the two players interested in the Southern Gas Corridor once again.

Point of View
2015-08-20
Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The construction of the second branch of the Baku–Tbilisi–Erzurum gas pipeline began on 20 September in Baku.

Analyses
2014-09-24
Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

Western firms are withdrawing from projects linked to the Southern Corridor probably due to the declining commercial attractiveness of these projects.

Analyses
2014-06-04
Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The Southern Gas Corridor is a European Commission initiative with the aim of facilitating the diversification of the routes and sources of gas imported into Europe in the hope of reducing the EU’s dependence on Russia. Although the Southern Gas Corridor – alongside the EU’s flagship Nabucco project, which constitutes a part of the Corridor – was originally conceived as a means of furthering the interests of the West (officially the EU but in practice also the US), the implementation of the project has become possible almost exclusively thanks to measures taken by Azerbaijan and Turkey.

OSW Commentary
2012-07-18
Aleksandra Jarosiewicz
On 26 October, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a number of complex agreements determining the rules for the transit, supply volumes and prices of gas which Azerbaijan exports to Turkey (these documents had been undergoing negotiation for around three years, and their finalisation had been postponed several times due to conflicts of interests).
Analyses
2011-11-09
Aleksandra Jarosiewicz
On 27 July, the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to Baku. Despite the elaborate ceremonial, the visit did not bring about any concrete results; first of all, contrary to previous announcements, no agreement was signed on the transit of Azerbaijani gas through Turkey. The differences between Azerbaijan and Turkey pose a serious problem for the EU, as they may further delay the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor, a project of strategic importance for Brussels.
Analyses
2011-08-10

On 7 June in Istanbul, in the presence of the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev and the prime minister of Turkey Recep Erdogan, a range of documents was signed concerning bilateral gas cooperation. This represents significant progress in the gas negotiations between both countries, which have lasted several years, and is a signal of their joint intent to activate gas export to the West via the Southern Corridor (including the ITGI and Nabucco pipelines), which the EU has lobbied for. At the same time, however, the general character of signed documents – memoranda and declarations – indicates a need for further talks aimed at specifying the final terms for the sale and transit of the gas from Azerbaijan.

Analyses
2010-06-09