At full capacity, and after additional stages of development, it is envisaged that the pipeline will export over 32 billion cubic yards of gas a year. At the border, the pipeline links up to the Turkish-built extension, joining the SCP to the domestic supply grid at Erzurum.
The SCP was built in the same corridor of land as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline through its passage in Georgia. It is buried underground. The SCP carries natural gas from the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea to customers in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
The expanded SCP system will tie into the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Eastern Turkey border which, in turn, will connect with the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) at the Western Turkey border some 1,180 miles away. The TAP crosses Greece and Albania, and continues under the Adriatic Sea to Southern Italy. The total length of TAP is about 540 miles.