TAP pipeline owners could speed up gas capacity auctions

March 22, 2022
Trans Adriatic Pipeline officials say that they can double the pipeline's capacity in stages, depending on market response.

Offshore staff

BAAR, Switzerland – A total of 10 bcm of gas from the Shah Deniz II field offshore Azerbaijan has entered Europe via the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (AP) since operations started just over a year ago.

Kipoi, on the Greek-Turkish border, is where TAP connects to the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). Of the volumes supplied to date, around 10 bcm have been delivered to Italy.

Luca Schieppati, TAP managing director, said: “We are currently able to reach the full transport capacity of 10 bcm per year. On top of this, we can add further capacity via short-term auctions.”

Marija Savova, TAP Head of Commercial, added: “TAP can double its capacity and expand in stages, up to 20 bcm within 45-65 months, as a result of requests to be received during the binding phase of a market test and the accumulated requests resulting in an economically viable outcome.

Savova added: “The next binding phase is currently scheduled for July 2023. However, TAP can accelerate this timeline and launch the binding phase of the market test during 2022, provided that TAP receives interest for an earlier start in the ongoing public consultation.”