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TAP and TANAP natural gas pipelines join at Evros

The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) were interconnected on the Evros River, on the Greek-Turkish border, as the TANAP construction consortium announced yesterday.

TANAP, with a length of 1,850 kilometers, is the largest part of the Southern Gas Corridor and is designed to deliver gas from the Shah Deniz 2 Azeri field to Turkey and to Europe via TAP. The first quantities of gas to Turkey through TANAP were delivered on 1 July 2018.

The TANAP pipeline, with a capacity of 16 billion cubic meters, will channel 6 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey a year, while the remaining 10 billion cubic meters are destined for European markets through 878 km of TAP pipeline.

The two pipelines were connected at the Greek-Turkish border under the supervision of the project managers. TAP will cross Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea to reach Italy. The pipeline is expected to be ready to deliver the first quantities of natural gas to European markets by mid-2020.