Oil giant BP revealed plans to deliver natural gas from Azerbaijan to European markets by the year end despite the ongoing military clashes in the region.
BP, one of the shareholders of TAP, said in a statement issued on Tuesday that both the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the interconnecting pipeline built by Italian energy infrastructure company Snam Rete Gas will be commissioned sometime in November.
“(This) will allow the Shah Deniz Consortium to finalize the final steps required to start the twenty-five years long supplies of natural gas from Azerbaijan to customers in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria as planned by the end of 2020,” BP said, according to Reuters.
Developers of TAP announced on Monday that the pipeline was substantially completed and was filled with natural gas from the Greek-Turkish border up to the pipeline receiving terminal in Southern Italy. The next phase involves finalizing preparations for launching the commercial operations and offering capacity to the market in line with the adjacent transmission system operators. The interconnecting point in the southern Puglia region of Italy is expected to be ready for commercial supplies by mid-November, TAP developers said.
TAP is the final segment of the three-part Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) mega energy route designed to carry natural gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz offshore field to the markets in Europe. The pipeline measured 878 kilometers in length…
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