TAP updates on progress in market test

Oil&Gas Materials 18 October 2021 13:55 (UTC +04:00)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.18

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) consortium has updated on the progress on the market test to expand the pipeline’s capacity.

“By 25 October 2021, TAP intends to publish a Demand Assessment Report, coordinated with Snam Rete Gas (SRG) and DESFA. The report will contain the aggregated non-binding demand indications received from the interested parties in the demand assessment phase of the 2021 Market Test,” TAP commercial team told Trend.

On July 12 2021, TAP launched a new market test to allow natural gas shippers to express interest, and in a later phase, secure access to new, long-term capacity in TAP, thereby enabling the future expansion of the pipeline capacity.

The market test will be conducted in two main phases: a non-binding phase, starting on 12 July 2021, followed by a binding phase, expected to start earliest in the summer of 2022.

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.

TAP will facilitate gas supplies to South Eastern European countries through prospective interconnectors. In particular, Bulgaria will be able to cover up to 33% of its total gas demand through TAP after the completion of the Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB). TAP’s exits in Greece and Albania together with the landfall in Italy provide multiple opportunities for further transport of gas from Azerbaijan to the wider European markets.

As a key part of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP is strategically and economically important to Europe and essential in providing reliable access to a new source of natural gas. TAP plays a significant role in boosting Europe’s energy security, supply diversification, as well as decarbonisation objectives.


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