Tower ad- Aug – Sept 2019
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TAP protects environment with microtunnelling

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) – a European gas pipeline – will continue its commitment to protect the environment by using trenchless microtunnelling.

According to AZERTAC, TAP Head of Communications Lisa Givert said the project is 77 per cent complete with the next stage of microtunnelling planned to start in Italy in the coming months.

Ms Givert said contractor Saipem had been working at the microtunnelling site, with the entry pit and equipment set up before the end of summer.

Drilling for the microtunnel is expected to start in the next months,” Ms Givert said to AZERTAC.

“TAP will use the most advanced technologies available to safeguard habitats, project biodiversity and restore landscape to its original condition once construction works are completed.

“TAP is committed to responsibly deliver a world-class project in Italy and the project is progressing on schedule.”

TAP is an 878 km pipeline that will transport gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan through the European section of the Southern Gas Corridor, providing a gateway to deliver up to 10 billion m3/a of new Caspian gas supplies to Europe from 2020.

In keeping with its mission of responsibly delivering the project, works have already included 25 trenchless river crossings in the Albanian section of the pipeline.

For more information visit the TAP website.

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