TAP gas may cause fluctuations in supply volumes to Italy from other sources

Oil&Gas Materials 16 February 2021 16:06 (UTC +04:00)
TAP gas may cause fluctuations in supply volumes to Italy from other sources

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb.16

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Gas transportation to Italy via the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) may cause fluctuations in the volumes of gas supplies from other sources, Trend reports with reference to Russian Gazprom company.

“The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) started commercial gas supplies to the west of Turkey in Q3 2018. The pipeline reached the design capacity of 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year in Q3 2020 to further transport gas to Greece, Albania and Italy via TAP with annual capacity of 10 billion cubic meters.

“The entire route of Azerbaijani gas supply to Italy, the Southern Gas Corridor, started the first commercial gas deliveries on December 31, 2020. As TAP reaches its design capacity of 8 billion cubic meters per year on the Greek-Italian border in the first or second quarter of 2021, this may cause some fluctuations in the volume of supplies to Italy from other suppliers as the market adapts to the new source of pipeline gas,” said Gazprom.

The Southern Gas Corridor, which is comprised of Shah Deniz 2, the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion, the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) became fully operational on December 31, 2020.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG confirmed on Dec. 31 the commencement of gas flows from Azerbaijan. The first gas has reached Greece and Bulgaria, via the Nea Mesimvria interconnection point with DESFA, as well as Italy, via the Melendugno interconnection point with SNAM Rete Gas (SRG).

TAP transports natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

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