Italy to resume construction of Trans Adriatic Pipeline

An Italian oil and gas industry contractor will start the construction of the subsea section of the TAP in 2018. Photo:, 27 Apr 2017 - 16:24, Tbilisi,Georgia

Italy is resuming the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), one of the core projects of the Southern Gas Corridor through which the countries of the European Union (EU) will receive Azerbaijani gas via Georgia and other countries.

The TAP project envisages the transportation of gas from the Shah Deniz Stage 2 gas field to the EU.

The pipeline will be connected to the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy's south.

Saipem, an Italian oil and gas industry contractor, will start the construction of the subsea section of the TAP in 2018, as planned, reported Maritime Herald, a journal about shipping, offshore, logistics and business.

The first activities are related to the construction of microtunnels, through which the pipes will go to the surface of the Italian coast. Exactly these tunnels were expected to delay the project earlier in April, as the local communities in the province of Melendugno have opposed the construction of the pipeline and have asked the court to stop the activities for fear of environmental damage.

The project company for TAP explains that 231 olive trees will be moved during the construction of the microtunnels for the pipes. These tunnels have to keep the beach near the town of San Phoca. After the construction works are completed, the trees will be returned to their places again, said the company.