TAP announces completion of 99% of gas pipeline welding

The consortium Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) announced the completion of 99% of the welding operations on the gas pipeline passing through Albania, Greece and Italy, local media reported. Welds will be tested to check whether they meet the national and international standards. Earlier in June, the consortium announced also that the entire project is more than 88% completed, including engineering procurement and construction scope. The gas pipeline will be connected with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at Greece’s border with Turkey, and will continue through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea to reach Italy’s coast. It will be linked with the Italian natural gas network. TAP is one of the main projects within the Southern Gas Corridor, which also includes TANAP and the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) in Azerbaijan and Georgia. The main shareholders of TAP are BP, Azerbaijan’s Socar and Italy’s Snam, each of them holding 20% share in the project, as well as Belgium’s Fluxys with 19%, Spain’s Enagas with 16% and Switzerland’s Axpo with 5%.

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