TAP updates on compressor and metering stations
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 25
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
The focus continues to be on final rundown activities and readiness for introduction of gas to all the facilities across Greece and Albania as part of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, Vugar Veysalov, TAP Head of External Affairs, told Trend.
“Construction works are complete at the Kipoi compressor station in Greece,” he said.
Veysalov noted that in Albania, the Bilisht metering station is complete and is currently being readied for the introduction of gas.
“Pre-commissioning and completion activities at the Fier compressor station on the Adriatic coast are at an advanced stage,” he explained.
In Italy, onshore pipeline construction works have advanced significantly, while the pipeline receiving terminal is entering the completions and initial pre-commissioning phase, said Veysalov.
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.
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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