The consortium for the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP AG) has completed the construction of the TAP gas pipeline
“Almost four and a half years after the start of construction, the Trans-Adriatic pipeline is almost complete. The pipeline is filled with natural gas from the Greek-Turkish border to the receiving terminal in southern Italy.
TAP AG is currently completing preparations to launch commercial operations,” TAP AG said yesterday.
The consortium expects the connection point between the TAP pipeline and the Snam Rete Gas natural gas transportation system in Puglia, Italy to be completed and ready to transport gas by mid-November 2020.
The total length of TAP is 878 km, of which 550 km will pass through the northern part of Greece, 215 km – through the territory of Albania, 105 km – through the Adriatic Sea and 8 km – through Italy.
The project is intended to transport 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field within the framework of Stage-2 of its development through Greece and Albania to Western Europe.
The first gas supplies to Europe via TAP will begin by the end of 2020.
Co-owners of the project: SOCAR (20%), BP (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagas (16%) and Axpo (5%).
The project cost is estimated at 4.5 billion euros.
The foundation laying of the Trans-Adriatic pipeline took place in Greece on 17 May 2016.