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198 km of the TRANS- Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), constructed for transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, in Albania has been welded.
Axar.az informs citing the Albania press, Damian Gjiknuri, the Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, said.
According to him, 181 km of the pipeline is underground.
The land in 134 km section of TAP on Albania route, has been returned to its previous state.
Notably, TAP, which is a part of Southern Gas Corridor project, will initially transport annual 10 bln cubic meters of the gas produced within 'Shah Deniz 2' project, to Europe. This pipeline will join TANAP (Trans Anatolian) pipeline in Kipoi territory on Turkey-Greece border and cross Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before going onshore in southern Italy.
Total cost of TAP project is estimated 4.5 billion euro.
After reviewing various selection options during two years, on June 28, 2013, 'Shah Deniz' Consortium has officially declared selection of the TAP project. The pipeline is 878 kilometers long, 550 km of which will cover Greece, 215 Albania, 105 Adriatic Sea and 8 km Southern Italy. Highest point of the pipeline will be in the mountains of Albania (1 800 meters), the lower part (-820 meters) beneath the sea.
TAP's groundbreaking ceremony was held in Thessaloniki, Greece on May 17, 2016. Azerbaijani gas will be delivered to Europe in 2020.
2018.08.10 / 14:43