TAP supports COVID battle

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline is a major European energy project, helping to provide assistance to those affected by COVID-19.

The 878 km long Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will transport gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan through the European section of the Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500 km system providing a gateway to deliver up to 10 billion m3/a of new Caspian gas supplies to Europe from 2020.

Gas will first be transported from Shah Deniz II, a US$28 billion subsea development in the Caspian Sea, via the 692 km South Caucasus Pipeline and then connect to the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Georgian border.

From there, product will be moved more than 1,800 km to Kipoi, Greece, where TAP begins, with the gas then transported to Italy’s gas transportation network in the south of the country, via Albania.

The project is made up of a consortium of BP, SOCAR, Snam, Fluxys, Enagás and Axpo who say with its commitment to improving the livelihoods and quality of life of communities along TAP’s route, it would be donating €1.5 million (US$1.633 million) to health services in Greece, Albania and Italy to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

TAP Managing Directory Luca Schieppati says the impacts of the virus were challenging everyone.

“We at TAP are closely monitoring developments and doing our part to help prevent the further spread of the virus, by following the latest guidance of public health authorities and implementing a wide range of measures. At the same time, we are also trying to support the needs of our host communities,” he says.

“TAP has been working closely with health authorities in all our host countries, in order to support relief efforts. We are humbled to play a small part and assist in the fight against COVID-19, by providing, with the full support of our shareholders, €1.5 million; €500,000 (US$544,500) for each host country.

“This amount will support the supply of special hospital equipment, personal protective equipment and medicines, according to the needs of health authorities.”

Italy in particular was one of the worst hit nations in the world in the early days of the virus, becoming the first nation in Europe to impose a lockdown on its citizens. While the virus seems to have peaked there for now, Italy has recorded significantly more than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 30,000 deaths.

TAP hopes to bring its pipeline online by the end of 2020.

This article was featured in the July 2020 edition of Pipelines International. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, click here.

For more information visit the Trans Adriatic Pipeline website

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