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TAP hires Ulrike Andres, former CEO of Transalpine Pipeline as Commercial & External Affairs Director

20 September 2016


Baar, Switzerland. Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG is pleased to announce that it has hired Ulrike Andres as its new Commercial & External Affairs Director. Ulrike has held a number of management roles at a senior level in the oil and gas industry and joins TAP from the Transalpine Pipeline Group – Europe’s largest pipeline company transporting crude oil from Trieste to eight central European refineries – where she was President and Chief Executive Officer for more than five years. 

Prior to this role, Ulrike has held a multitude of senior positions working for Shell and SHV Holdings amongst others. These also include working as General Manager for Primagaz Austria, Commercial Director for Supergasbras in Brazil and General Manager for Shell Gas in the Czech Republic. In addition, Ulrike also held the position of President of the European LPG Association between 2009 and 2011.      

Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director of TAP commented: “I am delighted to welcome Ulrike to the TAP team. Ulrike brings with her in-depth knowledge of the European energy industry, and a wealth of pipeline business experience. Her remit will be to lead the Commercial, External Affairs departments as we move through construction towards operations.”



About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 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 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 in early 2020.

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

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