Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.29
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Currently, around 2/3 of pipes (over 515km out of 765km) have been lowered into the ground as part of construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Greece and Albania, said a message from TAP AG consortium.
“Side boom tractors are used to lower the welded pipe into the trench. Generally, around 1km of pipe is lowered into the trench at a time,” said the consortium.
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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