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Trans Adriatic Pipeline hires Ricardo Ruiz Nuñez as Operations Director

15 September 2017

Baar, Switzerland. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has appointed Ricardo Ruiz Nuñez as its new Operations Director. 

Ricardo joins TAP with almost 20 years of experience in the management, development and implementation of operational strategies, working for various Enagás facilities throughout his career. He joins TAP from Compañia Operadora de gas del Amazonas in Peru, where he worked as Chief Operations Officer since 2015.

In this role he managed the operation of natural gas and natural gas liquids of the Camisea Project – one of the most complex pipeline transportation systems in the world. Prior to this, Ricardo worked as Asset Manager for the LNG Terminal Altamira in Mexico, where he managed the overall operations of the Terminal.

Ricardo has also held various positions at the LNG Terminal in Barcelona, where he worked between 2002-2011. His roles here included working as Operations Manager between 2010 – 2011, where he managed the operational activities in line with LNG best practice, whilst also leading the commissioning and start-up of the two new LNG full containment tanks of 150,000 cubic metres each. Additional positions that Ricardo has held during his time at the LNG Terminal in Barcelona include working as Maintenance Manager, HSSE Manager and Shift Supervisor.

Before working as Process Operator at the Huelva LNG Terminal between 2000-2002, Ricardo was a University Professor at the University of Huelva.

TAP Managing Director Luca Schieppati said: I am very pleased that Ricardo is joining TAP. He brings a wealth of experience in the management of operations and maintenance as TAP progresses the project towards being ready to receive Shah Deniz II gas - a much-needed new source of energy into the European energy network -  in 2020”.



About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 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 economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will also 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 in 2020.

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

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