Natural Gas
TAP celebrates one year milestone in construction
- In terms of overall project progress, TAP is approximately 41 percent complete

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) celebrates the completion of one year of its construction with the project considered on track and on budget, the company said on Wednesday.

The company responsible for the project, TAP AG, said that as of early May 2017, the project's site safety record showed lost time frequency levels well below international norms.

TAP's contractors cleared approximately 49 percent of the project route in Greece and Albania en route to its final destination across the Adriatic Sea to onshore southern Italy.

TAP AG said that more than 5,200 people have been working on the project across host countries, of which over 85 percent have been locally employed.

"We are pleased with our performance. In terms of overall project progress, we are approximately 41 percent complete, including all engineering, procurement and construction scope. We are on track to deliver first gas from Shah Deniz II in 2020, becoming an active part of the European energy network, enabling more competitive and secure energy to reach homes and businesses," Ian Bradshaw, managing director of TAP said in a written statement.

The TAP project aims to connect the Trans Anatolian Natural gas Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greece-Turkey border and cross northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before going onshore in southern Italy, where it will link up with the Snam-operated Italian natural gas network.

It will be 878 kilometers long with an initial capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year to transfer Azerbaijan’s natural gas to several European markets.

By Murat Temizer

Anadolu Agency

17 May,2017