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TAP Launches Network Code Consultation

07 August 2018

Baar, Switzerland. Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) launches its consultation process on its draft TAP Network Code (TNC). The TNC sets out the principles and rules which will govern the access, use and operation of the TAP pipeline. It is also a requirement that forms part of the European Commission’s decision on the exemption of TAP from the EU’s Third Gas Directive in relation to third party access, tariff regulation and ownership unbundling (Articles 9, 32, 41(6), 41(8) and 41(10)). [link]

Stakeholders may provide any comments they might have on the TNC, including its Annexes, between 7 August 2018 10:00 CET and 18 September 2018 18:00 CET. The draft TNC, the public consultation guidelines, the template response and supporting documents are available here. All comments should be sent via email to

Marija Savova, Head of Commercial for TAP said: “While pipeline construction activities continue, TAP is intensely preparing for the start of commercial operations in 2020. Establishing a TAP Network Code is an important milestone that is part of this process. It is the core regulatory document that will govern all transmission system operator activities. As such, we look forward to receiving input from all interested third parties.”

TAP is working closely with the National Regulatory Authorities in all of its host countries (RAE in Greece, ERE in Albania and ARERA in Italy) on finalising the TNC.



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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