Baku, Azerbaijan, May 13
By Aygun Badalova -Trend:
Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has issued its second contract notice for a major Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract, TAP reported on its official website.
The scope for this contract will include the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the approximately 760 kilometres of 48 inch (1.2 metres) diameter, cross-country onshore pipeline in Greece and Albania.
The current pre-qualification is the second, following a contract notice on construction of Albanian roads and bridges issued earlier in April. In addition to the pipeline construction, the contract will include the construction of 32 block valve stations along the route.
The TAP project was selected by the consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field development as the transportation route to the European markets.
The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
Construction of the pipeline is planned to start in 2016 and will be split into five lots - three in Greece and two in Albania.
The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 10 billion cubic meters per year, but it can easily be expanded to 20 billion cubic meters per year.
TAP's shareholding is comprised of BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Statoil (20 percent), Fluxys (16 percent), Total (10 percent), E.ON (9 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).