Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
More than 400 archaeological excavations and investigations have been completed in Northern Greece as part of construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
“To date, specialist teams have concluded ca. 300 small- and large-scale rescue excavations and more than 100 trial trench investigations within the project’s Right of Way, while another 7 large-scale projects are ongoing in the regions traversed by the pipeline,” said a message from TAP.
Archaeological works implemented in collaboration with TAP and its contractors, are monitored by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and the 13 local Ephorates of Antiquities (one per each regional unit traversed by the pipeline), as provided for by the relevant Memoranda of Understanding and Cooperation.
TAP project, worth 4.5 billion euros, is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union (EU). The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.
Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.
The project is currently in its construction phase, which started in 2016.
Once built, TAP will offer a direct and cost-effective transportation route opening up the vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500-kilometer long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.
TAP shareholders include BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A. (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).