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BP May Use Botas Grid to Ship Azeri Gas Before Tanap, Sabah Says

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June 4 (Bloomberg) -- A BP Plc-led group may use Botas’s pipelines to export natural gas to Europe from the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea off Azerbaijan if the planned Trans-Anatolia link across Turkey is delayed, Sabah said today, citing BP Turkey chief Bud Fackrell.

Turkey may upgrade state-run Botas’ network to deliver Shah Deniz gas if the pipeline known as Tanap is not built on time, Sabah said, citing Fackrell. Talks between Turkey and Azerbaijan on construction of Tanap are going well, Fackrell said, according to the Turkish daily.

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan, or Socar, said last month that an agreement on the 2,000-kilometer (1,240-mile) Tanap link is planned by June 30.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zulfugar Agayev in Baku at zagayev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Hellmuth Tromm at htromm@bloomberg.net