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TAP gas compressor station in Albania’s Fier over 77% completed

TAP gas compressor station in Albania’s Fier over 77% completed TAP construction; Source: TAP AG

TIRANA (Albania), February 27 (SeeNews) – The Trans Adriatic Pipeline’s natural gas compressor station in the Albanian city of Fier is over 77% completed, TAP said.

“Back in June, we were marking the successful installation of the turbo compressors and works were 30% complete,” TAP said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday. "Seven months later, over 77% of works are complete."

The station will be ready to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2019, TAP said in June.

TAP is also building a compressor station near Kipoi, in the east of Greece and a gas metering station is under construction near Bilisht, in southeastern of Albania.

Last week, TAP managing director Luca Schieppati said TAP gas pipleine project is more than 85% completed.

“In total, between Greece and Albania, 98% of pipes are in the ground (backfilled),” Schieppati said in a Twitter post.

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%.