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TAP Awards Fibre Optic Cable Contract

21 June 2016


Baar, Switzerland. Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has selected Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd. (HFCL) for the supply and delivery of approximately 1,550 kilometres fibre optic cable. This will facilitate bi-directional communication feed from the pipeline and associated assets, such as compressor and block valve stations, to the supervisory control centre.

Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director at TAP, said: “Congratulations to HFCL who stood out in this tender process as well as to all the companies who submitted bids. Fibre optic cable is an important piece of pipeline equipment as it will facilitate safe and effective pipeline operations.”

Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd. India, a trusted end-to-end telecom infrastructure provider, offers its solutions to various telecom operators, Internet Service Providers (IPSs), infrastructure companies, energy and oil & gas sector worldwide. HFCL is one of the largest manufacturers of optical fibre cables with a strong customer base in more than 30 countries.

In 2015, TAP has awarded several contracts: construction and rehabilitation of access roads and bridges in Albania (April 2015), large diameter ball valves and actuators (July 2015), turbo compressors (September 2015), fittings, isolating joints and scraper traps (October 2015), 270km onshore line pipe and bends (October 2015) as well as 495km of onshore line pipes (November 2015) as well as Italy onshore pipeline construction and pipeline receiving terminal (December 2015). In 2016, TAP awarded the contracts for onshore construction for the Albanian and Greek pipeline section (March 2016), offshore construction and offshore line pipes (April 2016) as well as compressor stations (May 2016).

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About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 878 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to some of the largest European markets such as Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria.

TAP will promote the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately in early 2020.

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

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