The Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has awarded the contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of approximately 760km of cross-country onshore pipeline - 48 inches (1.2m) in diameter - in Greece and Albania. TAP’s construction is split into five lots (or sections) – three lots in Greece and two lots in Albania.
TAP Awards Onshore Construction Contracts for Albanian and Greek Pipeline Sections.
The joint venture comprised of Bonatti S.p.A (Italy) and J&P AVAX S.A (Greece) has been awarded the EPC contract for two lots in northern Greece. The sections cover approximately 360km of pipeline, stretching between Kavala and Ieropigi (Albanian border).
SPIECAPAG (France) has been awarded the EPC contract for a 185km lot in Greece, between Kipoi and Kavala, as well as two lots in Albania (215km in total), stretching from Bilisht to Topoje. SPIECAPAG will also carry out the pipeline river crossing at the Greek-Turkish border, where TAP will be connecting to the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP).
Selected mobilisation of the EPC contractors will begin immediately and continue in the second quarter of 2016, in line with the project’s schedule to begin construction activities mid-2016. TAP’s EPC contractors will be responsible for further securing additional subcontractors to implement specific parts of the contract assignment.
Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director at TAP, said: “The contracts for the construction of our pipeline’s onshore section are the largest that TAP will award. I want to congratulate Bonatti S.p.A, J&P AVAX S.A and SPIECAPAG for submitting bids that are not only technically robust and competitive but also in line with the highest standards and industry best practice.”
Bonatti is an integral solution provider in oil & gas field activities with 70 years of experience facing challenging projects under the most critical environmental and logistical conditions in remote locations, combining advanced methods and technologies. Bonatti ranks among the largest pipeline international contractors, with a strong record of thousand km of pipes laid around the world.
J&P-AVAX Group is one of the largest construction groups in Greece, having also extensive activities abroad. Listed in the main market of the Athens Exchange since 1994, J&P Avax has extensive experience in oil and natural gas pipeline construction as well as LNG stations and thermal power plants.
SPIECAPAG has a history of unmatched success extending over almost a century. Throughout these years the company has safely delivered the most challenging pipelines in the world with over 50,000 kilometres of pipeline and has become a major international pipeline and facilities contractor. Today, SPIECAPAG is a fully owned subsidiary of ENTREPOSE Group, a company of the VINCI French Group.