TAP issues invitation to tender for large diameter ball valves
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 10
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has issued its next Invitations to Tender (ITT) for the supply of large diameter ball valves and actuators, TAP reported on December 10.
The ITT covers 55 valves at 48" and 36", class 600 and 900. The requirements and quality of the large diameter ball valves and actuators include significant safety features of a high engineering standard in order to ensure the highest quality of the TAP pipeline in relation to technical quality and safety, TAP's report said.
The TAP project was selected by the consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field development as the transportation route to the European markets.
The 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 TAP is planned to begin in 2016. TAP's shareholding is comprised of BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Statoil (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (five percent).
TAP plans to award the contracts for compressor stations in the second half of 2015. The next Invitation to Tenders that will be issued by TAP are for the procurement of turbo compressor units for the compressor stations in Greece and Albania, and for the procurement of large diameter ball valves for Greece, Albania and Italy. TAP plans to issue these ITTs within the fourth quarter of 2014.
Aygun Badalova is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AygunBadalova