TAP receives around 95% of total pipes needed for construction
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.7
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Approximately 95 percent of the total 55,000 pipes to be used for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) have been received in Greece, Albania and Italy, said the message from TAP AG.
The last shipment of offshore line pipes has been offloaded in Brindisi, Italy, between 3 and 6 September 2017.
TAP’s contractors have cleared approximately 70 percent of the project route in Greece and Albania (539km out of 765km). Also, over 45 percent of welded steel pipes are already in the ground (backfilled).
“We are pleased that TAP continues to progress on time and on budget. We therefore remain on track to deliver the first Shah Deniz II gas in 2020, bringing a much-needed new source of energy into the European energy network,” said TAP Managing Director Luca Schieppati.
“I want to underline that our project is built with the utmost care for the environment. Our teams are working very carefully along our route to ensure that the land on which construction has been completed is returned to the owners or users in its original condition or better. We are also collaborating with local authorities and local stakeholders to ensure that the benefits of our project are tangible across all those communities crossed by the pipeline,” Schieppati added.
Nearly 2,500 tie-ins have been completed as part of the implementation of TAP project in Greece and Albania, TAP AG consortium said in a message on its Twitter page.
“This is the construction step where 2 pipe strings (~1km) are welded together inside the trench,” said the message.
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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