TAP announces new contract notice for EPC contract

By: Aynur Jafarova

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has announced its second contract notice for a major Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract.

The notice was published in the EU Gazette, the Official Journal of the EU.

The scope for this contract will include the engineering, procurement and construction of approximately 760 kilometers of cross-country onshore pipeline in Greece and Albania.

In addition to the pipeline construction, the contract will include the construction of 32 block valve stations along the route.

Construction of the pipeline is scheduled to start in 2016 and will be split into five lots – three in Greece and two in Albania.

This is the second pre-qualification, following a contract notice on construction of Albanian roads and bridges issued on April 15.

Companies interested in being pre-qualified for the onshore pipeline construction contract need to request a pre-qualification questionnaire from TAP no later than May 26.

Only a selected number of companies that have completed the pre-qualification will be invited to participate in the tendering stages of the TAP’s procurement process for the onshore pipeline construction.

The next contract notice to be issued by TAP in the coming weeks will be the pre-qualification of companies for the construction of compressor stations.

The pre-qualification of companies for the Italian onshore pipeline section will be announced at a later stage, as part of another contract notice.

The Shah Deniz field, one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, was discovered in 1999. Its reserves are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas. Overall, the field has proven to be a secure and reliable supplier of gas to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, and Europe.

The gas which will be produced at the second stage of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field development will be the main source of the Southern Gas Corridor, which envisages the transportation of the Caspian gas to European markets.

The Shah Deniz consortium announced the selection of TAP as the main route for transporting its gas to Europe in late June. Another pipeline which was vying for Azerbaijan’s gas transportation to Europe was Nabucco West.

Azerbaijan agreed to sell over 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year from the second phase of its Shah Deniz development to nine companies in the European Union in September 2013.

The contracts were signed for 25 years between SOCAR and the European utilities, including Axpo Trading AG, Bulgargaz EAD, Depa, Gas Natural Fenosa, Hera Trading Srl, Shell Energy Europe, Enel SpA, E.ON SE, and GDF Suez SA.

The initial capacity of TAP will amount to 10 billion cubic meters per annum with the possibility of expanding to 20 billion cubic meters per annum. The TAP’s construction project is planned to start in 2015.


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