Deputy minister: TAP to enable Albania to supply several facilities with gas (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.3
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will enable the complete gasification of Albania, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania Enis Aliko told Trend.
“Albania will have an exit point from TAP close to Fier, which will be built by TAP-AG, and will enable Albania to get gas from TAP. This will enable Albania to run the Vlora power plant on gas, once it is reinstated,” he said.
The deputy minister added that the pipeline will also enable Albania to supply two refineries with gas and a heavy-oil crude producer in the region of Fier.
“Later, TAP will enable the complete gasification of Albania, in accordance with its Gas Master Plan, and the construction of other gas fired power plants, which will fulfill Albania’s needs for electricity and will avoid electricity imports in times of dry weather and lack of sufficient rainfalls,” said Aliko.
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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