TAP updates on compressor stations’ construction
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug.26
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
At the Kipoi compressor station of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Greece construction works, the introduction of gas and all required testing are complete, Vugar Veysalov, TAP Head of External Affairs, told Trend.
He noted that at the Fier compressor station in Albania, construction works and the introduction of gas are also complete.
Testing with gas is scheduled to be complete around mid-September, as per the project plan, added 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.
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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