TAP project moving within set timetables and budget, official says

“For such a complex project there are many concerns and challenges. We work to build a pipeline with safety within the set timetables and budget,” Katerina Papalexandri, managing director of the TAP pipeline project in Greece said on Thursday, responding to questions over the possible consequences of a delay in the pipeline’s construction in Kavala due to local opposition.

TAP has build 40 out of the 51 km of the project in the Kavala region and has already changed its route once. “We move forward based on building licenses we have obtained from the Greek state,” Mrs Papalexandri said, adding that there were no reason to change the pipeline’s route in the area again.

Under an agreed timetable, the pipeline must be completed in 2020. The Greek section extends for 550 km and already pipelines have been connected in 493 km.

The pipeline will have a capacity to transport 10 bln cubic metres of gas annually, supplied by the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan, with the capability of doubling this amount to 20 billion at a later stage.