Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is inviting companies to submit expressions of interest for the construction of a 105km offshore pipeline section under the Adriatic Sea.
The company has launched two pre-qualification contracts for the pipeline, which will be laid at a depth of 820m.
The first pre-qualification includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI), and works for the offshore section of the 36in pipeline between the coastlines of Albania and southern Italy.
The EPCI’s scope includes related landfall civil works at the landfalls in both Albania and Italy, as well as survey, seabed and pre-commissioning activities.
The second pre-qualification process includes the delivery of offshore line pipes and coating. Work is split into three sections.
TAP procurement director Knut Steinar Kvindesland said: "The selection of potential suppliers will remain rigorous, with particular emphasis on meeting health, safety and environment standards, and a proven commitment to TAP’s zero harm policy."
TAP will transport natural gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 870km long pipeline will link with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in southern Italy.
Its routing can facilitate gas supply to various south-eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others.
TAP said its landfall in Italy offers various opportunities for additional transport of Caspian natural gas to several European markets, including Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria.
First gas sales to Georgia and Turkey are planned for late 2018, while initial deliveries to Europe are expected in 2019.
BP, SOCAR and Statoil each own a 20% stake in TAP. Fluxys, Enagás and Axpo hold 19%, 16% and 5% interests respectively.
Image: Trans Adriatic Pipeline has launched two pre-qualification contracts for the construction of the 105km offshore pipeline section under the Adriatic Sea. Photo: courtesy of Trans Adriatic Pipeline.