Azerbaijan – Europe: the Pipeline Connection

TransAdriaticPipeline_route map 2012

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has announced its second contract notice for a major Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract.  The notice was published in the EU Gazette, the Official Journal of the EU.  The scope for this contract will include the engineering, procurement and construction of approximately 760 kilometers of cross-country onshore pipeline in Greece and Albania.  In addition to the pipeline construction, the contract will include the construction of 32 block valve stations along the route.  Construction of the pipeline is scheduled to start in 2016 and will be split into five lots – three in Greece and two in Albania…

The Shah Deniz field, one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, was discovered in 1999. Its reserves are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas….Azerbaijan agreed to sell over 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year from the second phase of its Shah Deniz development to nine companies in the European Union in September 2013.  The contracts were signed for 25 years between SOCAR and the European utilities, including Axpo Trading AG, Bulgargaz EAD, Depa, Gas Natural Fenosa, Hera Trading Srl, Shell Energy Europe, Enel SpA, E.ON SE, and GDF Suez SA.

The initial capacity of TAP will amount to 10 billion cubic meters per annum with the possibility of expanding to 20 billion cubic meters per annum. The TAP’s construction project is planned to start in 2015.

Aynur Jafarov, TAP announces new contract notice for EPC contract,  Azernews, May 13, 2014

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