Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.23
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
More than 60 percent of pipes needed for construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) are already in the ground (backfilled) in Greece and Albania, TAP AG consortium said on its Twitter page.
This accounts for 460km out of 765km of TAP’s total route in Greece and Albania.
TAP’s Italy country manager Michele Mario Elia has said that the construction of TAP is on schedule for delivering the first gas in 2020.
In the meantime, TAP is engaging in a number of social and environmental investment projects in all countries through which it passes, added Elia.
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).