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TAP completes 99% of gas pipeline welding

Author Radomir Ralev
TAP completes 99% of gas pipeline welding TAP offshore section in Albania/All Rights Reserved

TIRANA (Albania), August 6 (SeeNews) - The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) consortium said that around 99% of welding operations on the gas pipeline in Albania, Greece and Italy has been completed.

"Welds are subject to automatic testing to ensure they meet national and international standards," the consortium said in a Twitter post last week.

In June, the consortium said the project is more than 88% completed, including engineering procurement and construction scope.

Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at Greece's border with Turkey, TAP will stretch across northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before reaching Italy's coast where it will connect to the Italian natural gas network. TAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which also comprises the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) crossing Azerbaijan and Georgia, and TANAP.

The shareholders of TAP are BP, Azerbaijan’s state company Socar and Italy’s Snam with 20% each, Belgium’s Fluxys with 19%, Spain’s Enagas with 16% and Swiss-based Axpo with 5%.