It is important to complete the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, in accordance with the planned schedule, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Italy Mammad Ahmadzada told Fanpage.it, Trend reports.
He noted that TAP, the final leg of the Southern Gas Corridor, which is currently under construction, will ensure diversification of energy supply sources.
“We are pleased that the project is going forward and it is important to complete it in accordance with the planned schedule, so that the gas arrives in Italy in 2020,” said the ambassador.
The Southern Gas Corridor project, worth $40 billion, has brought and will bring significant economic benefits to all the countries involved, according to Ahmadzada.
TAP project, worth 4.5 billion euros, is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union (EU). The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.
Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.
The project is currently in its construction phase, which started in 2016.
Once built, TAP will offer a direct and cost-effective transportation route opening up the vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500-kilometer long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.
TAP shareholders include BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A. (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).
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