Milestones

Milestones

PROJECT MILESTONES

  • 2018 June 01: ENTSOG included, in Annex A of the TYNDP 2018, both TCP and the White Stream project.
    • The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) included both the Trans-Caspian Pipeline (TCP) and the White Stream project in Annex A of the Ten-Year Network Development Plan 2018 (TYNDP 2018). Inclusion in TYNDP 2018 represents the first step for a project to become considered as a Project of Common Interest (PCI) in the (fourth) Union List of PCIs in 2019. TCP is already a listed PCI in the third Union List of PCIs. The process of PCI selection is the responsibility of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regional Groups led by the European Commission.
  • 2018 May: The TCP promoter company, W-Stream Caspian Pipeline Company Ltd signed a Grant Agreement with the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission.
    • The Grant co-funds the Pre-FEED, Reconnaissance Surveys and Strategic and Economic Evaluations of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline. “This Action is part of the PCI 7.1.1 Gas pipeline to the EU from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, via Georgia and Turkey, [currently known as the combination of ‘Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline’ (TCP), ‘Expansion of the South-Caucasus Pipeline’ (SCP-(F)X) and ‘Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline’ (TANAP)].” (Square bracket is in the original EU document.) The European Union is funding 50 per cent of study’s estimated cost of €3,743,450.
  • 2018 February 5: The EU-Georgia Association Council reconfirmed its support for extending the SGC to Central Asia and the Black Sea.
    • The EU-Georgia Association Council “reiterated Georgia’s key role as a partner for European energy security and stressed the country’s transit role for … the Southern Gas Corridor, including its extension to Central Asia, and the Black Sea” (emphasis added), and “welcomed the fact that the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) has become shareholder in the Trans Caspian Pipeline project company.”
  • 2018 January: The TCP was included in the “List of actions selected for receiving financial assistance under the 2017 CEF Energy Call for Proposals”.
    • The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Commission decided to fund the Pre-FEED (Front End Engineering Design), Reconnaissance Surveys and Strategic and Economic Evaluations of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline.
  • 2017 November 23: The European Commission included the TCP on the (third) PCI list.
    • The Trans-Caspian Pipeline was once more included in the European Commission’s published List of Projects of Common Interest as a part of the “Gas pipeline from the EU to Turkmenistan via Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Caspian” implementing the “Priority corridor Southern Gas Corridor (‘SGC’)”.
  • 2017 October 23: The Georgian Ministry of Energy proposed to the Energy Community that TCP and White Stream be granted, respectively, PECI and PMI status.
    • At a workshop in Vienna for the EU4Energy Programme, “Identification of Key Energy Infrastructure Projects,” held at the Energy Community, the Ministry of Energy of the Government Georgia submitted a presentation proposing that TCP be designated as a Project of Energy Community Interest (PECI), and the White Stream pipeline project as a Project of Mutual Interest (PMI).
  • 2017 October 11: The pipeline promoter company submitted application to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Commission, for a Grant to co-finance the Pre-FEED, Reconnaissance Surveys and Strategic and Economic Evaluations.
  • 2017 October 3: The JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) provided a letter of support for the pipeline promoter company’s application to the CEF for the TCP Pre-FEED study grant.
  • 2017 August 9: The Presidents of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan endorsed their countries’ energy cooperation.
    • Signing a “Declaration on Strategic Partnership” in Baku, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanbuly Berdimuhamedow agreed on the importance of further developing cooperation to bring Caspian energy resources to Europe, signing also an intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the energy sphere.
  • 2017 July 14: Energy Union Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič endorsed Georgia’s role in extending SGC to Central Asia.
    • Participating in Batumi at the annual high-level conference “Georgia’s European Way,” Šefčovič said: “I welcome the recent ratification by the Georgian Parliament of the accession protocol to the Energy Community. … Georgia has a key transit role to play in the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor. For the EU and Georgia, the timely implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor is important as well as its extension over time to additional supply countries.”
  • 2017 June 19: The Council of the European Union reaffirmed the goal of extending SGC into Central Asia.
    • Paragraph 9 of the “Outcome of Proceedings” on the subject of Council Conclusions on the EU Strategy for Central Asia (revising and extending the Strategy adopted in May 2007) noted in particular: “In the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors, the Council emphasises that cooperation between the EU and Central Asia should prioritise the integration of the Central Asian countries with each other and into international markets and transport corridors. The EU will continue to seek to extend the Southern Gas Corridor to Central Asia, and to further promote the EU’s multilateral and bilateral energy cooperation.”
  • 2017 June: The Government of Georgia allocated financial assistance for preparing the project for PCI selection process and grant submission.
  • 2017 May 29: The Prime Minister of Georgia endorsed the White Stream project at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
    • Prime Minister of Georgia H.E Giorgi Kvirikashvili, welcoming the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi on Georgia’s Independence Day, declared: “Georgia … contributes to the diversified energy supply to the Western markets. The transnational projects like … TANAP and SCP, have significant implication for regional and European energy security. We are working intensively on the project of transporting gas from Turkmenistan to Europe, the White Stream project, which brings new opportunities for the diversification of Europe’s energy supply.”
  • 2017 April: The JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) became owner of 10 per cent of shares of the TCP promoter company, W-Stream Caspian Pipeline Company Ltd, and also 10 per cent of shares of the White Stream pipeline promoter company White Stream Ltd.
    • The GOGC website cites the Decree of the Government of Georgia as the basis for this decision: “Taking into account strategic importance of the Trans-Caspian Pipeline and White Stream Projects to Georgia and in accordance with No. 775 Decree of the Government of Georgia dated April 13, 2017, on 21 April, 2017, Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation JSC acquired 10-10% of shares of the promoter companies of the projects (White Stream Ltd and W-Stream Caspian Pipeline Company Ltd). After implementation of the projects, tens of billions of cubic meters of Turkmen natural gas will be delivered to EU annually through the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, the Black Sea and Romania.”
  • 2015 November 18: TCP was included in the European Commission’s Updated Union List of Projects of Common Interest.
    • The Trans-Caspian Pipeline was again included in the European Commission’s published (second) List of Projects of Common Interest as a part of the “Gas pipeline from the EU to Turkmenistan via Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Caspian” implementing the “Priority corridor Southern Gas Corridor (‘SGC’)”.
  • 2015 May 1: Azerbaijan, the European Union, Turkey and Turkmenistan signed the Ashgabat Declaration.
    • They declared that they “welcome the completion of the preliminary environmental study on the Trans-Caspian Pipeline” and “support the establishment of appropriate commercial frameworks … aimed at supporting long-term supply of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe.”
  • 2013 December 12: TCP was included in the European Commission’s PCI List as published in the Official Journal.
    • The “Commission delegated regulation (EU) No 1391/2013 of 14 October 2013, amending Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure, as regards the Union list of projects of common interest” identified the TCP (7.1.1.) as a component of the “Gas pipeline from the EU to Turkmenistan via Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Caspian” implementing the “Priority corridor Southern Gas Corridor (‘SGC’).” The White Stream project was identified (7.2.3.) as part of “infrastructures … for the transportation of … new sources of gas from the Caspian Region (Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) to Romania,” also in the SGC priority corridor.