Land Use Restrictions

Approval of the “Intergovernmental Agreement on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline System” and its annexed “Host Government Agreement” signed in Istanbul on June 26, 2012 between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan were ratified in Law No. 6375, and the said international agreements were published in the Official Gazette dated March 19, 2013 to enter into force. Pursuant to article 3.11 of Annex-2 “Land Rights” of the Host Government Agreement, which is one of the relevant international agreements having the force of law, the undertaking of the following actions without the prior written consent of TANAP Doğalgaz İletim A.Ş. shall be considered a violation of the law:

  • For any and all activities related to the TANAP Line, within the borders of the Republic of Turkey, the use of explosives within 500 (five hundred) meters on either side of all kinds of goods and equipment (“Facilities”) owned, possessed or operated or legally controlled by, or on behalf of TANAP Doğalgaz İletişim A.Ş.,
  • Driving of foundation piles within a fifty (50) meter area on either side of the Facilities,
  • Engaging in unauthorized activities within the Construction Corridor of the TANAP Line defined within the scope of the abovementioned international agreements or in other areas where the lands are allocated to TANAP Doğalgaz Iletim A.Ş. for the performance of any and all kinds of activities related to the TANAP Line.
  • Any road, railway, power line, installation, pipeline or other public project intersecting with TANAP Doğalgaz Iletim A.Ş.'s Land Rights defined under the abovementioned international agreements, or interfering with these rights in any other way.
  • In addition, the conditions and restrictions of use within the 16-meter corridor, where unrestricted and exclusive rights are established, are summarized below.

    1- Any activity that damages Pipeline operating requirements; established facilities, such as marking and measuring points; structures providing erosion control

    2- Any activity that may interfere with the safe operation of Pipeline facilities or any of the operator's equipment

    3- Any activity other than standard agricultural use, including but not limited to:

  • Plowing the soil deeper than 30 cm
  • Planting trees or shrubs
  • Establishing a dam or pond, or submerging the pipeline
  • Disposal of corrosive or harmful substances
  • Setting any kind of fire, including stubble
  • Enclosure with wire fence or stone wall
  • 4- Any construction activity, including but not limited to:

  • Construction of buildings, facilities or other permanent or temporary structures
  • Construction of parking lots or service areas for equipment and machinery within the Pipeline corridor
  • Construction of access roads, vehicular access roads and other roads (excluding roads approved and supervised by the Pipeline Operator)
  • Construction of irrigation arcs or channels deeper than 30 cm
  • All kinds of excavation deeper than 30 cm (drainage channels, etc.)
  • Changing the surface profile (taking or adding soil)
  • Exploration works, taking soil samples and drilling boreholes5. Aside from the road crossing points determined in the Project, machinery or vehicles with a load of more than 5 tons per axle and crossings over the pipeline are PROHIBITED.
  • Lands restored to their previous state have been handed over to the relevant land owners/users for use in agriculture and other activities, with the condition of abiding with the usage restrictions and conventions, after the signing of exit protocols. Here you can access the booklet prepared for land owners/users which includes the crucial information on the protection of life, property and the environment, the requirements to be complied with in the use of land, activities requiring approval and restrictions and considerations regarding the lands handed over.

    TANAP Operation Phase - Information Booklet on Land Use Restrictions