A deal between Azerbaijan and Turkey to build a Trans-Anatolia gas pipeline (TANAP) has thrown the competition for the pipeline contract to pump Azeri gas to Europe into a new and more uncertain phase. This is the first of three articles which examines the prospects of success for all the bids, and the geopolitical implications for the EU and regional states.

THE Shah Deniz gas field in Azerbaijan is estimated to have 1.2 trillion cubic metres (tcm) of gas reserves. It is the country’s largest gas field and a massive source of energy which Europe is eager to buy because of its need to diversify gas imports and decrease reliance on imported gas from Russia.

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Since the first Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis in January 2006, the EU’s dependence on the import of natural gas has widely been seen as the ‘Achilles heel’ of Europe’s energy security
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