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TAP hires two Senior Directors as it prepares for Project Construction

03 February 2015

Baar, Switzerland. In preparation for construction and marking the construction phase of the project, Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has strengthened its project management team, hiring Norman Ingram as Project Director and Martin Mair as Operations Director. Both positions are located at TAP’s Headquarter offices in Baar, Switzerland.

Norman Ingram joins TAP from BG Group in Queensland, Australia where he held the position of Pipelines Project Director, leading the Queensland QCLNG pipeline construction, commissioning and start-up. A civil engineer by background, Norman spent over two decades with BP holding several executive management roles, including Project Director, Technical Director and Project Manager in locations such as Turkey, Azerbaijan and Alaska. During his six year assignment in Azerbaijan, Norman had several roles with Shah Deniz Phase 1, in relation to the construction and commissioning of the South Caucasus Pipeline and also involving the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan Pipeline.

Norman replaces Sigurd Hamre, who has served at TAP as Project Development / Technical Director since 2012, completing a three-year secondment from Statoil. Sigurd will return to Statoil in Norway in March 2015.

Martin Mair joins TAP from Al Hosn Gas, which undertakes the field development and operation of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) sour gas fields. Martin served with Al Hosn Gas as Production Manager / VP Production, with full delegated authority as Senior Vice President Operations. Prior to this, he served as the Al Hosn Gas Vice President Operations for the Shah field development. Martin is a qualified operations professional with more than 23 years of experience in major CAPEX green field development and delivery, encompassing wells, pipeline systems and processing plants in addition to established brown field operations and asset management. Martin has also held various operational management positions in a variety of globally diverse locations.

Ian Bradshaw, TAP’s new Managing Director (press release here) commented: “Norman and Martin have extensive experience in working for major cross-country gas infrastructure projects. I am delighted that they have joined the TAP project management team, as we prepare for project construction – the next and final phase of the project – in order to be ready to receive first gas from Shah Deniz in 2020. In addition, I would like to thank Sigurd for all his efforts in developing TAP’s high quality technical capability to the stage it is at today.”



About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to some of the largest European markets such as Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria.

TAP will promote the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment and it is not dependent on grants or subsidies. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately a year later.

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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