TAP pipeline route: Plans to connect Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea gas fields to the European energy grid by means of a pipeline running from Albania to Italy received a major boost this week when Greece’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Panos Skourletis gave his department’s formal approval to the proposed route across the north of the country.
“Construction and operation of the gas pipeline will make it possible to create up to 10,000 jobs and promote the participation of Greek companies in international projects,” a Ministry spokesman said yesterday. The goal of TAP is to diversify sources of gas supplies to European countries, which is important for ensuring the energy security of Greece and the whole of Europe.”
The 870-km long pipeline will link up with the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in southern Italy. Construction is expected to start in 2016. Its initial annual capacity will be 10bn bcm which could eventually double, with gas from the Shah Deniz 2 field scheduled to start being transported through it by early 2020.