Tuesday, 13 October 2020 12:32

Construction of Trans Adriatic gas pipeline completed

The construction of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline has been completed, the project operator's website reports. The TAP pipeline is filled with natural gas from the Greek-Turkish border right up to the receiving terminal in southern Italy.

TAP is currently finalizing the preparations for the launch and commercial operations.

The connection point between the TAP pipeline and the Snam Rete Gas natural gas transportation system in Apulia, Italy, is expected to be completed and ready for gas transportation by mid-November 2020.

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. An 878 km long pipeline connects to the Trans-Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic sea, and then comes ashore in southern Italy.

The TAP route can facilitate gas supplies to several countries in South-Eastern Europe. TAP's landfall in Italy opens up many opportunities for further transportation of Caspian gas to wider European markets.

As a key part of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP is of strategic and economic importance to Europe and plays an important role in providing reliable access to a new source of natural gas. TAP plays an important role in strengthening Europe's energy security, diversification of supplies, and achieving of decarbonisation goals.

TAP shareholders are BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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