TIRANA (Albania), February 11 (SeeNews) – The Trans Adriatic Pipeline’s natural gas compressor station in the Albanian city of Fier has been completed, the TAP consortium said.
“The Fier compressor station plays a key role in ensuring gas transmission though TAP,” the consortium said in a video file posted on Twitter last week.
In the initial stage, the system capacity can supply approximately 10 billion cubic metres annually of natural gas, TAP said, adding that the pipeline capacity could double, using the same pipeline infrastructure by adding additional compression facilities.
Construction work for the compressor station started in March 2017.
TAP has already completed a compressor station near Kipoi, in eastern Greece, and a gas metering station near Bilisht, in southeastern Albania. TAP project was 91% completed as of end-December, according to information posted on the consortium building the natural gas pipeline.
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%.