The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will transport natural gas from the Greek/Turkish border, via Albania and across the Adriatic Sea, to Italy’s southern Puglia region and further to Western Europe. The initial capacity will be 10 bcm/y, with future capacity expansion of up to a maximum 20 bcm/y.
The entry point of the TAP pipeline is near Kipoi (East Macedonia and Thrace region, Greece), where the gas will arrive through the planned TANAP Pipeline, which crosses the entire breadth of Turkey. The exit point of the TAP pipeline is near Melendugno in the province of Lecce (Apulia region, Italy), where the pipeline system will be tied in with Snam Rete Gas (SRG) network.
The total length, according to current route status is approximately 879 km.
Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) awarded Kentech’s STS team the contract for Commissioning Support Services for the onshore section of the project, covering commissionable sections of the pipeline and stations across Greece, Albania, and Italy.
We started to mobilise the first members of the commissioning team to site in June 2019 and within a couple of months the team were operational on four separate sites across Albania and Greece. The commissioning team deployed to this project are undertaking an oversight, inspection and assurance role to ensure the technical delivery teams working for the EPC Contractor are executing quality works.
With a project and team geographically spread across different countries, the Kentech team reports in to TAP Management on a daily basis but our service excellence is closely managed by the Kentech Project Manager who has weekly calls with the on site project team and monthly site visits.
Our collaboration with the client and the relationships we have built with them on this project has enabled us to mobilise additional team members outside of our original scope to provide solutions to problems they were facing. Kentech’s expertise in sourcing the best resources in the market place has enabled us to provide Permit to Work Coordinators and Compex Inspectors. Rapid mobilisation is key for the client and this is an area Kentech excels. We have hit all mobilisation targets while effectively managing site rotations, despite this being a challenging moving target.
Many of the commissioning personnel provided by Kentech on the project have worked for Kentech on multiple similar projects previously, and a vetting procedure for all candidates ensures we can vouch for their operational excellence.
During the early part of 2020, our work scope extends into Italy.