Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.26
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
The work on construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on Italian territory includes a microtunnel, in-ground pipeline, Block Valve Station and a Pipeline Receiving Terminal, according to the data of TAP AG consortium.
“The microtunnel will be built for crossing the 1.5 km long coastline in Italy. The in-ground pipeline will be about 8 km long. The Block Valve Station is meant to interrupt the flow of gas and isolate the onshore and offshore sections of the pipeline for maintenance and safety purposes,” said the data.
This is while the function of the Pipeline Receiving Terminal will be to control and measure the natural gas flow into the Snam Rete Gas network, according to the consortium.
“Approaching the coast of Italy on its way through the 25-kilometer Italian section of the Adriatic Sea, the pipeline will pass through a specially constructed 1.5 km micro-tunnel, entering land beneath the ground, at a depth of 25 metres. This will ensure that the pipeline does not affect the local Posidonia seagrass and the Mediterranean Maquis onshore. The pipeline will not be visible from the coast and will be invisible for its entire route,” said TAP AG.
TAP worth 4.5 billion euros 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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