S.Korean company to provide excavators for TAP’s construction
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.21
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
South Korean Doosan Infracore successfully won a contract to supply 52 excavators for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, said the message from the company.
Doosan’s excavators have been chosen to carry out the pipe-laying work of the onshore section of the pipeline (diameter 1.2m) in Greece due to their outstanding durability among other qualities.
The excavators will also be used to remove trees, grade surfaces, and transport pipes before digging the trenches, for which they are equipped with hydraulic breakers or buckets. Additionally they are also equipped with padding machines that can use compact sub-soils in order to backfill the trenches with fine grain material free of large rocks that could damage the gas line.
TAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union. The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.
The pipeline will connect to the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy’s south.
TAP will be 878 kilometers in length (Greece 550 kilometers, Albania 215 kilometers, Adriatic Sea 105 kilometers, and Italy 8 kilometers).
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A. (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).
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