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Saipem inks TAP EPCI gig

Written by  OE Staff Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:06

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline joint venture has awarded Saipem an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the offshore section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project.

Image of the Castoro 10, from Saipem Instagram.

The EPCI contract involves the installation of a gas pipeline between the coastlines of Albania and Italy, across the Adriatic Sea. Specifically, the activities envisaged by the contract include marine surveys, the installation of a 36in 105 km offshore gas pipeline, the supply and installation of an offshore fiber optic cable, pre-commissioning activities and civil works at the landfalls in both Albania and Italy. The landfall in Italy will be located at San Foca in Puglia and will be carried out using micro-tunnelling technology.

Offshore installation works, which at their deepest point will reach 820m below sea level, will be carried out using Saipem’s semisubmersible pipelay vessel Castoro Sei and the trench/pipelay barge Castoro 10. Work is scheduled to commence this year.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline is a joint venture between BP, SOCAR, Snam, Fluxys, Enagás and Axpo.

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