A ceremony marking the beginning of construction for the project was held on Tuesday, 17 May in Thessaloniki, under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras, also attended by top-level representatives of countries participating in the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor; the European Union; the US, Bulgaria and Switzerland. The ceremony marked the commencement of Construction for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.
The first vessels and trains carrying approx. 1,500 line pipes and 200 bends have already arrived to the ports of Thessaloniki and Kavala. These will be stored at the Main Marshalling Yards of Thessaloniki, at the Thessaloniki Port Authority, and at Kavala, at its “Philip II” port. All pipes will subsequently be transferred along the routing of the pipeline.
Rikard Scoufias, TAP’s Country Manager for Greece, said: "The delivery of line pipes and bends to the ports of Thessaloniki and Kavala marks the commencement of the construction period for the Greek section of the pipeline. This is the most significant stage of the biggest energy infrastructure project to be currently implemented in Greece, which –thanks to the excellent cooperation of all stakeholders– advances as planned to be ready to receive first gas in 2020. The deliveries of materials by the contractors are executed in accordance with TAP’s high health and safety standards."
- Approximately 32,000 line pipes will be used for the construction of the pipeline section crossing in Greece
- Line pipes are produced by the Greek company Corinth Pipeworks S.A. (495 km) and the German company Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH (270 km). Salzgitter is also manufacturing the hot formed bends.
- The first hot formed bends arrived at the Kavala port on Wednesday, 4 May. The first line pipes were delivered to the Thessaloniki port on Tuesday, 10 May, while the Kavala port received its own first line pipes on Friday, 20 May.
- The Thessaloniki Main Marshalling Yard covers an area of approximately 90,000 m2, while the re-spective Kavala facility of ca. 80,000 m2.
- The weight of every 18-metre (48-inch) pipe is about 10 tonnes.
- The total weight of steel pipes reaches approximately 526,000 tonnes (equivalent to 72 Eiffel tow-ers)
- 323,000 tonnes of steel pipes (44 Eiffel towers) will be used for the 550 km of pipeline to be con-structed in Greece
Line pipes and bends are being transferred in full compliance with Greek legislation and international best practices, in order to achieve the safest possible delivery with the minimum possible impact on communi-ties and the environment.
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at 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. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately one year later in early 2020.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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