Baku, November 29 - Neftegaz.RU. TAP and TANAP, being built to ship Azeri offshore gas to Europe, have been connected with a final golden weld, which physically connected the 2 pipelines.
TAP, an 878 km long pipeline, will carry natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz 2 offshore field in Azerbaijan to Europe. It has connected with TANAP at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi. It then crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
This marks another significant milestone in the completion of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), a new energy route, which will increase energy security and diversification of energy supplies by bringing natural gas from Shah Deniz 2 gas field in the Caspian Sea to Turkey and, subsequently, European markets, TAP said.
According to TAP 1st gas to Georgia and Turkey is now being delivered, with 1st deliveries to Europe expected to follow in 2020. TAP says its pipeline route can promote gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others.
Meanwhile, work has recently started in Albania on the 105km offshore pipeline section. The physical offshore pipeline installation is planned to be carried out in 2019. Some 9,000 pipes with a 36-inch diameter will be used, weighing approximately 100,000 tonnes in total.