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31.07.2015 10:17

Southern Gas Corridor Sees Rise in Capitalization

Azerbaijans state oil fund SOFAZ announced that the Southern Gas Corridor CJSCs registered capital increased up to $725 million upon the decisions of the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders' Meeting.

The companys initial capital amounted to $100 million. The figure was later increased to $300 million in February 2015 as a result of changes in the nominal share of the company.

SOFAZ has transferred $318.75 million to the treasury account of Azerbaijans Economy and Industry Ministry in the first half of 2015. As a result, the share of the funds capital of the company has reached $369.75 million (51 percent)."

The authorized capital of the Southern Gas Corridor CJSC increased once every two months upon the presidential decree in order to maintain the ratio of shares of the Economy and Industry Ministry and SOCAR.

SOFAZ allocated $ 2.5 billion to the company to finance the stake in the project in 2014.

President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on the establishment of the company in February 2014 for the effective project management of the second stage of Shah Deniz gas condensate field development, the expansion of the South Caucasus gas pipeline, Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) and Trans-Adriatic (TAP) gas pipelines.

SOFAZ was instructed to ensure equity funding in the company that is in direct state ownership. The funds to be delivered to the company to finance the equity will be ensured in the form of long-term investments in terms of return.

The Southern Gas Corridor is a project that will enable Europe to diversify its sources of hydrocarbon supply and boost energy security and Azerbaijan - to get a new market in the face of Europe.

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