French oilfield services firm Technip announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract by the Trans Adriatic Pipeline consortium for a project designed to transport gas from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan to the European market.
The TAP project scope includes an approximately 530-mile long pipeline that will start from the tie-in with the TANAP portion of the Southern Gas Corridor project at the Greece/Turkey border. The pipeline will then go through Greece and Albania to eventually cross the Adriatic Sea to end in Puglia, Italy, where it will connect to the Italian natural gas network.
The project aims to enhance security of supply as well as diversifying gas resources in the European market. It will open a new route for natural gas from the Caspian Sea region. It is designed to transport 350 billion cubic feet per year with a potential future expansion to 700 billion cubic feet per year, as more gas becomes available.
The PMC contract awarded to Technip will cover the onshore portion of the pipeline from Greece to Albania and in Italy. The services will include the overall project and site management, procurement and subcontracting for all the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) packages throughout the EPC phases, as well as warranty management and the project close-out. The project completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.
The services will be mainly performed at TAP's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, and Technip's office in Rome, Italy. Other project centres will be operating in Greece, Albania and Italy.
Marco Villa, president of Technip Region B, commented in a company statement:
"We are excited to have been awarded this important project by TAP. This contract reflects TAP's trust in our capabilities in delivering a key project for them."
TAP is a joint venture between BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Statoil (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagas (16 percent) and Axpo (five percent).
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