On May 20, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG started introducing the first natural gas in a 4 km section of the gas pipeline in Albania, between the Greek-Albanian border and up to the Bilisht TAP dosing station, announced the Consortium TAP AG.
In line with national and international safety and operational standards, this is the initial phase of the pipeline testing process, which aims to check that the infrastructure is completely safe and ready for operation. Following the commissioning of this first section, gas will continue to be gradually introduced into other sections of the Albanian pipeline and beyond in the coming weeks and months.
TAP will transport natural gas from the gigantic Shah Deniz II field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline connects to the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before arriving in southern Italy.
The first gas deliveries to Europe via TAP will begin by the end of 2020.
The supply of TAP facilitates the supply of gas in several South Eastern European countries. The landing of TAP in Italy offers multiple opportunities for the further transport of Caspian gas to the wider European markets.
“TAP promotes economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it is also one of the main sources of foreign direct investment " they let the consortium know.
TAP's stake is made up of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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