TANAP opens a new door to tourism

Prof. Dr. Şenay Yalçın reminded that archeological and cultural remains were found in excavations for Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), and added “These remains will trigger cultural tourism. Visits to the remains uncovered will increase. Another centre for Cultural Tourism will be these regions where such discoveries are made within time.”

Azeri gas has reached Europe passing over Anatolia through Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, also called as “Silk Road of Energy”. This line which has a key role in the security of energy supply of both Turkey and Europe will pass through Ipsala and heat Europe through Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Azeri gas will also meet Turkey’s need for 6-billion-cubic meter- natural gas.

Energy Prof. Dr. Şenay Yalçın made some evaluations about TANAP that will contribute a lot to Turkey economically and strategically, and stated regarding the archeological and cultural remains discovered during the excavations, “New remains on which more than a hundred excavations can be made were encountered on the pipeline of the project. C-14 tests applied on some of these remains dated back to 4000 B.C. in terms of settlement of Anatolia on this route. That is, the place of Anatolia is being re-excavated within the history of civilization. The first findings obtained from the remains prove that people settled in that area during those periods appear to be Mediterranean type of people.”


“Anatolia had a vital role for Silk Road, used to deliver the products especially Far East produced to Middle East and Europe before Industrial Revolution. Similarly, Anatolia has been maintaining its increasing importance in ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, aiming to connect Asia, Africa and Europe and called as one of the greatest development plans of the 21st century. We can say we encounter a new form of Silk Road now.” said Prof. Dr. Şenay Yalçın, the Rector of Nişantaşı University. He also added;

“This is because Azeri gas reached Europe, passing over Anatolia through TANAP, called “Silk Road of Energy”. As a further step, it will be carried to Italy, passing through the Adriatic Sea over Greece thanks to this pipeline, and from there it will be distributed to Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and other European countries in need of gas, which will also change some political and economic balances.”


Prof. Dr. Şenay Yalçın highlighted Turkey, which is in a key position in geography where nearly 70% of world’s hydrocarbon reserves exist, must be taken into consideration in decision-making process about energy policies as an actor. He also exclaimed, “Our country is a base between manufacturer countries and consumer countries. Our position provides us geostrategic superiority. I define energy pipelines as ‘peace pipelines’. Thanks to these pipelines, both energy-manufacturing countries and energy-consuming countries need each other to some extent, and become more understanding in terms of their relationships. They share their own resources mutually. Therefore, they not only enhance their publics’ welfare levels, but also contribute to world peace. In this sense, new relationship networks that will constitute naturally between Azerbaijan and European countries will lead up to international support for Azerbaijan thanks to the TANAP project.”


Prof. Dr. Yalçın emphasized that TANAP is an alternative to Nabucco Project which could not be realized due to various reasons, and stated, “There has been no connection from Iran or Iraq to TANAP yet. However, it will be likely to deliver the resources in Turkic Republics to Europe in the future thanks to this pipeline whose capacity will be increased. This line is of great importance in terms of meeting the domestic needs of Turkey. This line, currently meeting the need for 6-billion-cubic meter natural gas, will increase its delivery capacity to 16-billion-cubic meter natural gas in 2020, and 10-billion-cubic meter of this amount will be delivered to Europe. Since the delivery capacity of the pipeline will increase in the future, more natural gas will be supplied to both our country and Europe.”

Prof. Dr. Yalçın also highlighted that integration of the gas that will be found in the sites whose drillings are being made in the Eastern Mediterranean into these pipelines will strengthen Turkey’s hand. He also stated, “Our country will have significant advantages in terms of having a voice in activities on energy in the world as in all fields. Even if some countries do not like it, a new Turkey, different than its current position, will stand out in the next 10 years.”


Prof. Dr. Yalçın stated that 80% of the pipes used in TANAP project were manufactured in Turkey. He also added, “Only 20% of the pipes were brought from abroad for the completion of the project on due time. Otherwise, we would meet the need fully with our own local resources. We feel so proud because Turkey has carried out such a tremendous project both in terms of human resources and the manifestation of its manufacturing potential and operational capacity.”

Release date: 04.12.2019