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Italy wants to increase gas imports through TAP to 10 billion m3 - Secretary of State

TAP transports natural gas from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe

Italy wants to increase gas imports through TAP to 10 billion m3 - Secretary of State

Rome, February 15 - Neftegaz.RU. Italy wants to increase its natural gas imports through the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to 10 billion m3 per year, said the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of Italy Manlio Di Stefano in an interview with the newspaper La Repubblica.
Di Stefano said:
  • TAP allowed Italy to mitigate the effects of rising energy prices
  • Today, natural gas is a key element in enabling the energy transition
  • We aim to increase TAP's natural gas supply from 7 billion m3 to 10 billion m3 per year
  • In the future, it is planned to increase the capacity of the gas pipeline
As the European section of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP has the capacity to transport approximately 10 billion m3 of gas per annum (bcm/a) to several markets in Europe.
The pipeline is also designed with the potential to expand its throughput capacity up to 20 bcm/a.

TAP transported more than 8.1 billion m3 of gas from Azerbaijan to Europe in 2021, of which 6.8 bcm total had been carried into Italy.

Azerbaijan has been delivering natural gas through the TAP to European markets since December 2020.
TAP starts at the Turkish-Greek border and runs along 773-km onshore and 105-km offshore routes traversing Greece and Albania toward its end destination in Italy.

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of bp (20 %), SOCAR (20 %), Snam (20 %), Fluxys (19 %), Enagás (16 %) and Axpo (5 %).

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