TAP on course to deliver Caspian gas to Europe by 2020

Europe should have access to gas supplies from Azerbaijan by way of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) within three years, it was predicted this week, after the pipeline’s contractor confirmed that work on its offshore section will begin in 2019.
Part of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP will transport  gas from Azerbaijan’s offshore Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea  to the EU after linking up with  the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border before running through Greece, Albania and under the Adriatic Sea, and then coming ashore in southern Italy.
The pipeline is being developed by a consortium comprised of BP (UK),  SOCAR (Azerbaijan) and Snam (Italy), each with a 20% shareholding; Fluxys (Belgium – 19%); Enagás (Spain – 16%); and Axpo (Switzerland – 5%). Some  878km in length – 550km in Greece, 215km in Albania, 105km along the bed of the Adriatic and 8km in Italy  – the pipeline will pass across 19,060 individual plots of land and will affect around 45,000 land owners and occupiers.
Hundreds of meters of land along  its Right of Way (RoW) in Greece and Albania are currently being  cleared on schedule ,TAP Managing Director Luca Schieppati  (who is also MD of Snam) told Trend on Monday, with pipe sections being strung together, welded and lowered into trenches.
“By the end of the year, we expect approximately 85% of the pipeline’s RoW in Greece and Albania to be graded and cleared, and approximately 70% of its steel pipes to have been backfilled,” he said. “The project remains on track and we continue to work towards being ready to deliver the  first  supplies of gas from Shah Deniz in 2020.”
Work on TAP’s  two compressor stations near Kipoi and Fier in  Greece and Albania  respectively – has also begun and  both are also on schedule for completion in two years time, he added.

Source: TREND