According to ministry, Shahbazov characterized the energy cooperation and global energy projects as significant factors deepening Azerbaijan-Italy relations. It was noted that Azerbaijan had been one of the main oil supplier of Italy for long time.
In turn, the Vice President of the Italian Senate said Italy is interested in development of cooperation with Azerbaijan in all economic spheres, including energy. According to her, Italy provides necessary support to TAP realization: “The project is 60 percent complete and probably will be ready to receive Azerbaijani gas in Italy in 2020”.
They also discussed current situation of works on TAP, environmental affect and other issues. It was noted that TAP’s significant will increase after long-term contracts between Italy and Aljazeera on supply of 35 billion cubic meters of gas expires in 2020