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Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:45

TAP suspends construction work Featured

TAP suspends construction work

“TAP remains fully committed to not carrying out any construction works along the coast during the summer season (1 July - 31 August), thus avoiding impact on the tourism sector in the area”, the press service of TAP told Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net). This suspension will not affect the schedule for the project delivery on time in 2020.

According to the statement, in mid-July TAP completed a series of underwater surveys of the micro-tunnel exit point and maintenance operations of the turbidimeter (the underwater equipment that measures the turbidity of the water as requested by the EIA decree). These activities confirmed that the place chosen for the TAP micro-tunnel exit point is the best option, with the least environmental impact.

“The offshore scope - pipe installation across the Adriatic Sea - will take place in the first half of 2019”, TAP said.

It bears reminding that in Italy, between March and July 2017, TAP removed the olive trees (210) in the micro-tunnel area. The trees were transported to a nearby nursery (Masseria del Capitano) where they will be stored and meticulously cared for, until they can be replanted at their original site - once works have finished (See video here:https://vimeo.com/222477544)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

The TAP route can facilitate gas supplies to some southeastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. This project opens up great opportunities for the transportation of Caspian gas to the largest European markets such as Germany, France, UK, Switzerland and Austria.

Earlier during his speech at 22nd WPC President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said that three more Balkan countries will connect to the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) in the near future.

TAP will promote the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment and it is not dependent on grants or subsidies.  With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately a year later, in 2019.

TAP's shareholding is comprised of SOCAR (20%), BP (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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