Azerbaijani energy minister to attend TAP groundbreaking ceremony

Azerbaijani energy minister to attend TAP groundbreaking ceremony
# 13 May 2016 11:36 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Agshin Rafigoglu - APA-Economics. Azerbaijani energy minister Natig Aliyev will attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to be held on May 17 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The ministry told APA-Economics that the ceremony is expected to be attended by high-ranking officials of EU, US, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Italy and Bulgaria.

Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.

Once built, TAP will offer a direct and cost-effective transportation route opening up the vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3500-kilometre long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.

878 kilometres in length, TAP's highest elevation will be 1,800 metres in the mountains of Albania while its lowest depth offshore will be 820 metres beneath the Adriatic Sea.

Anticipating future needs, TAP's developers integrated flexibility into the pipeline design to accommodate future gas volumes. TAP's initial capacity of 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year is equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately seven million households in Europe. In future, the addition of two extra compressor stations could double throughput to more than 20 bcm as additional energy supplies come on stream in the wider Caspian region.

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