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TAP project milestones

January 1, 2003

TAP pre-feasibility study

January 1, 2006

Feasibility study

Feasibility study undertaken by former Swiss EGL (now part of Axpo) confirms project’s technical, economic and environmental feasibility.

March 1, 2007

TAP’s extended basic engineering concludes, including offshore seabed survey and preliminary impact assessment surveys

March 13, 2007

TAP AG registered as a company

January 1, 2008

TAP enters Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase

February 1, 2012

TAP selected by Shah Deniz Consortium as priority route to Italy

August, 2012

Funding and Option agreement with Shah Deniz

Funding and Option agreement with Shah Deniz partners to finance part of TAP and potentially take up to 50% equity stake in project

November, 2012

TAP shareholders and Shah Deniz partners SOCAR, BP and Total

TAP shareholders and Shah Deniz partners SOCAR, BP and Total conclude Shareholder Agreement defining how TAP Joint Venture will be governed with members of Consortium were TAP to be selected by Shah Deniz in 2013.

February, 2013

Governments of Albania, Greece and Italy sign intergovernmental (IGA) agreement on TAP

March, 2013

TAP completes Front End Engineering Design (FEED)

April, 2013

TAP receives environmental permit in Albania

April, 2013

Albanian government ratifies Host Government Agreement with TAP

June 28, 2013

Shah Deniz Consortium selects TAP as preferred transportation route

Shah Deniz Consortium selects TAP as preferred transportation route for Caspian gas to Europe.

November, 2013

TAP shareholders take Resolution to Construct

December, 2013

Shah Deniz Consortium takes Final Investment Decision on Stage 2 of project

December, 2013

Greek government ratifies Host Government Agreement with TAP

April, 2014

TAP re-launches procurement process following review of strategy and schedule

July, 2015

First construction works began on Albanian roads and bridges to access future pipeline construction sites.

Early 2016

Award of major procurement contracts completed

April, 2016

First pipes arrive in Albania

Shipments of steel line pipes, equipment & machinery start arriving in the Albanian port of Durrës. 

May, 2016

First pipes arrive in Greece

The first deliveries of steel line pipes and bends for TAP's Greek section arrive at the ports of Thessaloniki and Kavala.

May, 2016

TAP Construction Inauguration Ceremony, Thessaloniki Greece

September 30, 2016

TAP Marks Start of Construction in Albania

The inauguration ceremony near the town of Fier was attended by the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama and the Minister of Energy and Industry, Damian Gjiknuri.

November 25, 2016

Greek Prime Minister Visits TAP Site in Alexandroupoli

Six months after TAP's construction inauguration ceremony the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the project’s works in Alexandroupoli.

December, 2016

TAP Completes First Phase of Access Roads and Bridges Rehabilitation in Albania

Approx. 58km of access roads were upgraded, two new bridges were built and 40 bridges refurbished.

May, 2017

TAP Celebrates 1st year of Construction

TAP’s contractors cleared approx. 49% of the project route in Greece and Albania (371km out of 765km). Also, 22.6% of welded steel pipes are already in the ground (backfilled).

June, 2017

TAP Completes the Shipment of Pipes to Albania

Approx. 13,000 pipes, bends, and various equipment and machinery weighing more than 200,000 tonnes have been delivered to Durrës since April 2016. 

October, 2017

Pipe Deliveries to Albania, Greece and Italy Complete

The last shipment of steel line-pipes for the construction of TAP arrived in Thessaloniki. The transport of 55,000 TAP pipes and bends was completed in approximately one year and a half.

February, 2018

TAP is 2/3 Completed

This includes all engineering, procurement and construction scope, announced TAP Managing Director Luca Schieppati at the 4th Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council in Baku, Azerbaijan.

July, 2018

Shah Deniz delivers first gas

Shah Deniz Consortium delivers first gas to Turkey. First deliveries to Europe via TAP will follow in 2020.

November, 2018

TAP and TANAP complete pipeline connection

TAP and the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) successfully completed their connection with the final “golden weld”, which physically connected the two pipelines.

December, 2018

TAP completes €3.9 billion project financing

The financing is provided by a group of 17 commercial banks, alongside the EBRD and the EIB. Part of the financing is covered by the export credit agencies - bpifrance, Euler Hermes and Sace.

March, 2019

Offshore installation

TAP starts laying steel pipes on the 105 km offshore section, across the Adriatic Sea. The deepest point of the pipeline below sea level will be more than 810 metres. 

November 25, 2019

Pipeline commissioning (testing) begins

TAP introduces first natural gas into a 2km Greek section of the pipeline as part of its testing phase


Start TAP pipeline operations