The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) successfully implemented the laying of the first underwater pipeline to the shore that extends to Albania.
Saipem, the TAP contractor responsible for engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the marine section, is using the Castoro 10 ship for this process. Tubes were welded on the ship board, which was 1.4 km from the sea shore. The welds were then tested and the pipeline landed on the seabed. The first 1.8 kilometers of the welded pipeline drifted to the shore at the point of exit near Fier.
The work of Castoro Ship 10 is underway in Albania, stretching the pipeline in shallow waters and installing optical fibers. Work is also being done to cover the pipeline in the sea and shore.
The works for the TAP marine section in Albania started in October last year. Tubes will lie on the Adriatic Sea bed: 37 km in the territorial waters of Albania; 25 km in the territorial waters of Italy; and 43 km in international waters. The deepest point of the pipeline will be more than 810 meters below sea level. About 9,000 pipes, with a diameter of 36 inches (0.91 m), will be used for the construction of the section, totaling approximately 100,000 tons. TAP promotes economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it is a major source of foreign direct investment.