Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 7
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is proceeding with implementation of the project, which includes the preparation of tendering for steel pipes, offshore and onshore construction, and other associated services and items. Construction of the pipeline is planned to start in 2016.
"Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) plans to award large package contracts for onshore and offshore construction of the pipeline and other services and items", a source in TAP told Trend.
The contracts will fall under one of the three categories: Early Works (EW) Contracts, Company Provided Items (CPI) Contracts, and Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contracts, according to the source.
Subsequent contract notices to be issued by TAP in the CPI category will include the pre-qualification of companies supplying line pipes, casing pipes and bends; pre-qualification of companies, providing SCADA systems; pre-qualification of companies supplying fiber optic cable.
Forthcoming EPC contracts will include the pre-qualification of companies providing offshore pipeline construction services and construction services for a pipeline receiving terminal.
So far, TAP has announced five pre-qualifications. TAP has issued contract notices on construction of Albanian roads and bridges, onshore pipeline construction in Greece and Albania, construction of compressor stations in Greece and Albania, supply and installation of gas turbine compressors in Greece and Albania, and supply of large diameter valves since May.
The TAP project was selected by the consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field development as the transportation route to the European markets.
The 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. The first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey are targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately a year later.
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).