TAP’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Director Pierluca Ferrari said: “While the TAP project is more than 70% completed, we continue to ensure that the pipeline will be ready to safely transport Shah Deniz II gas to Europe. The telecommunications and security systems global network will play a key role in testing the pipeline and its assets along the 878km route and ensuring the infrastructure is ready for operations in 2020.”
Following the pre-qualification stage, TAP will issue the related Invitations to Tender (ITT) in the second quarter of 2018. The contract is expected to be awarded in the third quarter of 2018.
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 economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will also 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 in 2020.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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