Puglia discusses, Albania celebrates, Saipem realizes: Tap is done

The Albania-Italy submarine pipeline has been started today. From Azerbaijan to Europe.
Puglia discusses, Albania celebrates, Saipem realizes: Tap is done
19 October 17:44 2018 Print This Article

The Consortium for the construction of the trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (Tap) has started today the work for the submarine pipeline that will cross the Adriatic to reach the Apulian coasts in Italy. “This is another important step forward for the construction of the pipeline, the completion of the works and the start-up in 2020”. 80% of the project is now complete. For the installation of about 9 thousand pipes, whose weight is 100 thousand tons, ten specialized naval units will be involved.

The construction of the works for the construction and installation of the submarine pipeline was entrusted to the Italian company Saipem. At the ceremony today was also present the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Minister of Energy, Damian Gjiknuri. Both of them hoped that “the problems related to the Tap in Italy will be resolved while the work for the submarine pipeline is progressing”.

The Tap is the last section of the Southern Gas Corridor that will transport the supplies of the Shah Deniz Azerbaijan field in Europe. The Tap will connect to the Tanap on the Turkish-Greek border and through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea will arrive in the Apulian coasts. Tap shareholders are: BP (20 percent), Socar (20 percent), Snam (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagas (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent). The Tap will be 878 kilometers long, of which 550 in Greece; 215 in Albania; 105 in the Adriatic Sea; and 8 in Italy.

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