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TAP and Plinacro sign South East Europe MOUC

World Pipelines,

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG and Plinacro Ltd., a natural gas transmission system operator in Croatia, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation (MOUC) aimed at encouraging the development of natural gas markets in South East Europe (SEE).

The three-year agreement will enable both organisations to coordinate their activities and exchange technical information. TAP and Plinacro already individually support the security of supply and diversification of gas resources in the region.

TAP is planning to construct a natural gas pipeline that will connect Greece with Italy, via Albania and the Adriatic Sea. The pipeline is part of the European Union-designated Southern Gas Corridor, which will link Caspian gas sources to Europe and provide significant reverse flow capacities. At 520 km, TAP is the shortest and most cost efficient of the proposed pipelines in the corridor.

Plinacro operates the Croatian national natural gas pipeline system. It plans to enter new South European markets and is promoting the Ionian Adriatic Pipeline (IAP), which aims to bring major energy security and economic benefits to the region. The IAP project intends to connect the existing and the planned gas transmission system of the Republic of Croatia, via Montenegro, and Albania with the TAP system. The total gas pipeline length from Split (Croatia) to Fier (Albania) is 516 km. Its 5 billion m3/yr capacity will provide the natural gas supply for Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Under the terms of the MOUC, a joint working group will be established immediately to further evaluate areas of potential cooperation, ranging from the alignment of overall schedules and sharing of best practice, to facilitating the mutual understanding of each project’s technical requirements.

Kjetil Tungland, Managing Director of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project, said, “TAP and IAP will both make significant contributions to the future energy supply to Europe and the SEE region.  At such a critically important time in the development of each project, it makes sense for us to explore how best to work together. We are delighted to have signed this agreement and look forward to making real progress towards the realisation of our shared goals.”

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