Ground was broken in Selimiye, Kars, for the Trans Anatolia Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) that will carry the natural gas from Shah Deniz 2 in Azebaijan over Turkey to Europe. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The Land Pipeline Construction Agreement of the pipeline, which will start in the Türkgözü village of Ardahan and pass through as many as 600 villages, 67 counties and 20 provinces, was signed in last December. According to the agreement, the portion of the pipeline from the Georgian-Turkish border to Eskişehir will use 56-in. pipes with a total length of 1334 km, to be constructed in three lots; the 509 km long third lot will be constructed by Tekfen Construction. Representing Tekfen at the ceremony were Osman Birgili, CEO of Tekfen Holding, Ümit Özdemir, Chairman of the Board of Tekfen Construction, Levent Kafkaslı, Member of the Board and General Manager of Tekfen Construction, and Mustafa Kopuz, TANAP Project Manager.
The first gas flow through the pipeline is scheduled for 2018.