Southern Gas Corridor to create 30,000 new jobs Investment
Southern Gas Corridor to create 30,000 new jobs
“A complex gas pipeline infrastructure will be created in Europe and a number of countries will be provided with Azerbaijani gas following the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project, said Natig Aliyev, Azerbaijani energy minister. He made the statement at the Caspian Oil & Gas Conference in Baku, AzerTag reports. The minister added that the implementation of the project envisages the creation of the technically complex infrastructure of gas pipelines in South-East Europe.
"The Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline (IAP), through which the Azerbaijani gas will be supplied to Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is planned to be constructed," the minister said. "The Hungary-Romania Gas Interconnector with a capacity of up to six billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas, which will be also connected to the Southern Gas Corridor, is also planned to be built."
"The Slovak-Hungarian Gas Interconnector with a capacity of five bcm a year has already been built," the minister said. "In general, the project will create over 30,000 jobs."
According to the minister, it's a positive sign that the Balkan states are not staying away from Azerbaijani energy projects.
"It is obvious that all Balkan countries are supporting us and are interested in our projects," the minister said. "Thus, in my report, I did my best to emphasize the points of their interest."
The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority energy projects for the EU. It envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian Sea region to the European countries through Georgia and Turkey.