The works of the submarine section of the trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP) from the Italian coasts will start very soon, according to what reported by the Azerbaijani portal "Trend" which mentioned in this regard a recent declaration of the consortium "TAP AG".
By connecting to the trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) on the border between Greece and Turkey, the TAP will cross the northern region of Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before arriving on the coasts of southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.
Work on the trans-Adriatic gas pipeline began in 2016: the submarine section of the TAP, which connects the coasts of the Country of the Eagles and Italy, has a length of 105 km while the section on the mainland in Albania has been almost completed (90,6% of the works already completed).
The first Albanian maritime section of the TAP was linked to the mainland segment in March last year. According to the TAP manager for Albania, Malfor Nuri, during the summer 2019 the works were interrupted to avoid disturbing the many tourists present on the Albanian beaches and then resume in the autumn.
The trans-Adriatic pipeline
TAP will transport natural gas from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The pipeline will have a total length of 878 km and will be connected to the trans-Anatolian pipeline on the border between Greece and Turkey, in Kipoi. The pipeline route will facilitate the supply of gas to several Eastern European countries.
The connection with Italy, on the other hand, will allow natural gas to access the European market for natural gas reserves in the Caspian Sea area. The first quantities of gas have already been transported to Georgia and Turkey; The first quantities of gas that will arrive in Western Europe are expected for this year, 2020.
The trans-Adriatic pipeline is promoting economic development by generating new jobs and representing an important direct source of foreign investment, in particular for Albania.
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