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1st-ever direct pipeline between Azerbaijan, Europe ready to deliver gas

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the European leg of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), is ready to deliver gas almost 4 1/2 years after the start of its construction, its managing company announced Monday.

According to a statement by the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG, TAP has been filled with natural gas from the Greek-Turkish border up to the pipeline-receiving terminal in southern Italy.

“TAP is currently finalizing preparations for launching the commercial operations and offering capacity to the markets,” the company said.

It added that the interconnection point between the TAP pipeline and the natural gas transmission system of Snam Rete Gas in Puglia of Italy is due for completion and should be ready to transport gas 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.

The 878-kilometer-long (545.5-mile-long) pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi and crosses Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in southern Italy.

The TANAP, a significant joint project between Ankara and Baku, is the Turkey leg of the SGC and was inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in June 2018. It started pumping gas to the Turkish network days after its inauguration. The ceremony for TANAP’s connection to the European section, TAP, was held…

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