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TAP hires Petrofac to support development, operation of its gas pipeline

TAP hires Petrofac to support development, operation of its gas pipeline TAP trenching works; Source: TAP consortium

TIRANA (Albania), December 7 (SeeNews) – International oil and gas company Petrofac said it has entered into an operations and maintenance support services contract with the TAP consortium which is building the Trans Adriatic Pipeline designed to carry Caspian natural gas to Europe.

“The 13-month contract is in support of the development and operation of the TAP natural gas pipeline,” Petrofac said in a press release on Thursday.

The scope of services includes provision of specialist personnel to support the project with operations and maintenance, technical services, environmental and safety requirements, along with transition plans through to operations.

“Pleased to be working with Petrofac as our project progresses through construction and towards operational readiness,” TAP said in a Twitter post on Friday.

In October, TAP said it has completed the connection of the gas pipe with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border.

TAP has also launched construction works in Albania for the 105km offshore section across the Adriatic Sea that will link the gas pipeline to Italy’s transmission network.

Connecting with the TANAP at Greece's border with Turkey, TAP will stretch across northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before reaching Italy's coast where it will connect to the Italian natural gas network.

TAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which also comprises the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) crossing Azerbaijan and Georgia, and TANAP.

The shareholders of TAP are BP, Azerbaijan’s state company Socar and Italy’s Snam with 20% each, Belgium’s Fluxys with 19%, Spain’s Enagas with 16% and Swiss-based Axpo with 5%.