The last shipment of steel line-pipes for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) arrived in Thessaloniki, Greece, marking the completion and final delivery of all line-pipes to TAP’s host countries. The transport of 55,000 TAP pipes and bends was completed in about a year and a half, with the first pipes arriving in Durrës, Albania in April 2016.
The all the pipes together weighed 520,000 tons and were transported to TAP’s main marshaling yards in 79 sea vessel shipments and 158 block trains within Greece. The offloading of the largest ships took five days on average.
“Considering that each pipe has been lifted approximately seven times from production at the mills until reaching our main marshalling yards, we are proud that this massive operation has been completed without any safety incidents” said John Haynes, TAP project director.
From the main marshalling yards, the pipes are transported further to the local pipe yards near the construction sites, along the pipeline route.
The pipes were manufactured by Corinth Pipeworks in Greece and Salzgitter Mannesmann International in Germany. TAP’s shareholding are BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam S.p.A. (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).