Wednesday, May 17 marks the one year anniversary since construction started on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), one of Europe’s largest and most strategic energy (natural gas) infrastructure projects. Activity in each of the three host countries is on time, on track and on budget.
Much has been achieved over the past twelve months. As of early-May 2017, the project has a world class site safety record with lost time frequency levels well below international norms.
TAP’s contractors cleared approx. 49% of the project route in Greece and Albania (371km out of 765km). Also, 22.6% of welded steel pipes are already in the ground (backfilled).
In Italy, work is ongoing with the first batch of olive trees temporarily stored, so that construction of the 1,5km micro-tunnel can start later in the year.
Approx. 68.5% of the total 55,000 pipes to be used for the construction of the pipeline have been received in Greece, Albania and Italy.
More than 5,200 people have been working for the project across TAP’s host countries, over 85% of which have been local staff.
TAP implemented a wide range of social and environmental investment (SEI) programmes in the communities along its route.70 additional projects with a total value of approximately €15 million are due to be rolled out in the upcoming months. In total, TAP will invest over €55 million in SEI in Greece, Albania and Italy.
“We are pleased with our performance. In terms of overall project progress, we are approximately 41% complete, including all engineering, procurement and construction scope. We are on track to deliver first gas from Shah Deniz II in 2020, becoming an active part of the European energy network, enabling more competitive and secure energy to reach homes and businesses,”
said the TAP Managing Director Ian Bradshaw.
“I am particularly pleased that today approximately 173km of welded steel pipes – around 21 times our project length in Italy – have been put in the ground in Greece and Albania. TAP remains fully committed to reinstate land to its original condition or better. A project of this scale and magnitude will face daily challenges, however, we are well positioned to address and manage them by working closely with our teams, our supply network and alongside communities.” Bradshaw added.
TAP has an equally ambitious programme for the next twelve months. By this time next year, it plans to have completed the clearing and grading of the route across Greece and Albania and have approximately 67% of welded pipes placed in the ground (backfilled).