Specifically, Mr. Pyatt visited the work site located at Theodosia, Kilkis in Central Macedonia. A group of TAP and Bonatti-J&P AVAX staff-members gave him a tour of the construction works and the different pipeline construction stages:
- stringing the line-pipes
- trenching [i.e. opening the trench]
- lowering-in the pipeline in the trench
Concluding his visit, the Ambassador stated he was deeply impressed with the speed and quality of the construction, as well as the care given to the protection of cultural heritage, while stressing the project’s great significance for which all Greeks should feel proud:
"It was extremely impressive to see the technology involved, the audacity of the project, the value of the equipment that’s involved, the sophistication of the work that’s being done […] I wish everybody in Athens could see this because I think they would be very proud of what Greece is participating in, what Greece is helping to accomplish."
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%).