By Mirsaid Ibrahimzade
Southern Gas Corridor is one of the most ambitious projects in the oil and gas industry, and as part of it, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) makes its own important contribution to successful completion of this project.
About 99 percent of the welding work was completed on the onshore route of TAP, which provides for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, TAP AG said in a message.
The consortium stated that the welding seams are automatically tested to ensure that they comply with national and international standards.
Recently, shallow water pipelay and offshore backfilling in Albania as part of the TAP project was completed.
The pipeline head reached kilometer point 0, where the offshore joins with the onshore section. TAP’s offshore section, linking the Albanian and the Italian coasts, is 105 km long.
TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian gas to the wider European markets.
The first gas deliveries to Europe via TAP are expected to start in 2020.
It will transport natural gas from the Caspian basin to Europe, connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, crossing Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to finally connect to the Italian natural gas network.
TAP AG is a joint venture company registered in Baar, canton Zug, Switzerland, with a purpose of planning, developing and building the TAP pipeline. The managing director of the company is Luca Schieppati.
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