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29.09.2016 11:34

Approximately 44pct of pipes needed to build Albanian section of tap delivered

Up to now, approximately 44% of the 13,000 line pipes needed to build the 215km Albanian section of TAP have been delivered, said Lisa Givert, Head of Communications at Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), Azertac reported.

In terms of logistics, since April 2016, line pipes continue to arrive to our Durres main marshalling yard (MMY) via the Durres port, she added.

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 3500-kilometre long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.

878 kilometres in length, TAP's highest elevation will be 1,800 metres in the mountains of Albania while its lowest depth offshore will be 820 metres beneath the Adriatic Sea.

TAP's initial capacity of 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year is equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately seven million households in Europe. In future, the addition of two extra compressor stations could double throughput to more than 20 bcm as additional energy supplies come on stream in the wider Caspian region.

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