TAP awards major offshore construction contract
Saipem SpA has been named as the main contractor for the offshore construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.
The contract covers all engineering, procurement, construction and installation for the offshore section of TAP.
The 36-inch offshore pipeline will be approximately 105 km in length and will reach up to 820 m below sea level at its deepest. The route will run between the coastlines of Albania and southern Italy.
TAP will supply Saipem SpA with the coated offshore line pipes, anodes and buckle arrestors required to complete the project.
Associated civil works at landfalls in Albania and Italy, offshore pipeline installation, offshore fibre optic cable supply and installation, and pre-commissioning and survey activities are also included in the agreement.
Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director of TAP, said “I want to congratulate Saipem SpA for securing this important assignment and thank all the companies that participated in this tender round.
“While offshore construction raises specific challenges, Saipem SpA’s robust technical bid, strong safety track record and experienced team of specialists reassure us that works will be executed to the highest standards and industry best practice.”
Once completed, TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878 km pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
TAP’s routing will facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and others.
For further information visit the TAP website.