(Courtesy Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG)
BAAR, Switzerland – Construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is close to completion. The pipeline has been filled with natural gas from the Greek-Turkish border up to the reception terminal in southern Italy.
Currently the TAP consortium is finalizing preparations for starting the commercial operations and offering capacity to the market.
The interconnection point between the pipeline and the natural gas transmission system of Snam Rete Gas in Puglia, southern Italy, should be ready to transport gas by mid-November.
TAP is an 878-km (545-mi) long pipeline that will transport gas from the Shah Deniz II field development in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe.
It connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, then heads up Greece and Albania and west across the Adriatic Sea, before making landfall in southern Italy.
The routing is designed to provide gas to various southeastern European countries, with the Italian entry point providing opportunities for further transport of Caspian gas to wider European markets.
Partners are BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%), and Axpo (5%).
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