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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:00

TAP construction in Italy is behind schedule again Featured

TAP construction in Italy is behind schedule again

In Italy, work is ongoing with the first batch of olive trees temporarily stored, so that construction of the 1,5km micro-tunnel can start later in the year, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press statement of TAP.

According to the statement, tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary since construction started on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), one of Europe’s largest and most strategic energy (natural gas) infrastructure projects. Activity in each of the three host countries is on time, on track and on budget.

TAP’s contractors cleared approximately 49% of the project route in Greece and Albania (371km out of 765km). Also, 22.6% of welded steel pipes are already in the ground (backfilled). 

Approximately 68.5% of the total 55,000 pipes to be used for the construction of the pipeline have been received in Greece, Albania and Italy.

More than 5,200 people have been working for the project across TAP’s host countries, over 85% of which have been local staff.

TAP implemented a wide range of social and environmental investment (SEI) programmes in the communities along its route. 70 additional projects with a total value of approximately €15 million are due to be rolled out in the upcoming months. In total, TAP will invest over €55 million in SEI in Greece, Albania and Italy.

TAP Managing Director Ian Bradshaw said: “We are pleased with our performance. In terms of overall project progress, we are approximately 41% complete, including all engineering, procurement and construction scope. We are on track to deliver first gas from Shah Deniz II in 2020, becoming an active part of the European energy network, enabling more competitive and secure energy to reach homes and businesses.”

Person in charge of the newsline: Fidan Isayeva 

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