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TAP Awards Ball Valves Contract

01 July 2015


Baar, Switzerland. Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has awarded its second large contract to RMA for the supply of large diameter ball valves and actuators. These elements are a critical part of the pipeline and will be installed by the onshore Engineering Pipeline Construction contractor(s) that TAP selects in Greece, Italy and Albania.

The scope of work for the contract covers 55 valves at 48” and 36”, class 600 and 900. The requirements and quality of the large diameter ball valves and actuators included significant safety features of a high engineering standard.  

The ball valves contract award concludes TAP’s pre-qualification process (launched in July 2014), followed by bid assessments from the companies that met TAP’s rigorous pre-qualification criteria.

Knut Steinar Kvindesland, Senior Contract and Procurement Manager at TAP said: “I want to congratulate the RMA on their successful bid and thank all companies who participated in the selection process. The ball valves will play a critical function throughout the life of the pipeline, so the durability, reliability and especially safety features were key elements evaluated.”

With a history of over 45 years, RMA is a leader in the production of special parts in the oil and gas sector such as ball valves and scraper traps. The company holds several international certifications including ISO 9001: 2008. RMA is a second-generation family-run company.

For further information on TAP’s procurement process and the contracts that it plans to award, please go to:

If you are a subcontractor and are interested in working for one of the companies that TAP selects for its contracts, please go to to register your details, which will be passed on to companies invited to tender in TAP’s procurement process.




About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

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) 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%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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