Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.14
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
OEG Offshore of the UK has mobilized its containers for construction of the offshore part of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, Trend reports citing the company’s Twitter page.
“This week OEG Aberdeen mobilized a large spread of DNV271 containers, baskets and boat skips to support the subsea pipeline construction phase of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline,” reads the message.
TAP will traverse the bottom of the Adriatic Sea at the shortest crossing - between Fier in Albania and Italy’s southern Puglia region, a distance of just 105 km.
TAP marked the launch of offshore works mid-October 2018. Overall, offshore construction work is approximately 10 percent complete, as of end-November 2018.
Saipem is TAP’s contractor in charge of the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the offshore section of the project.
OEG Offshore, based in the UK, is a leading global provider of Cargo Carrying Units (CCUs) and A60 modules to the oil and gas industry.
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).
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