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Trans Adriatic Pipeline compressor trains to be supplied by Siemens

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The Trans Adriatic Pipeline consortium has ordered six 15MW SGT-400-driven turbo compressor trains from Siemens for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). The TAP will transport Caspian natural gas to Europe, opening up the so-called Southern Gas Corridor for Europe. The compressor trains are due to be installed for 2017, with the pipeline expected to begin operation in late 2019.

Pipelines in the Southern Gas Corridor will transport natural gas from the Shah Deniz II field, Azerbaijan, in the Caspian Sea to Europe. The TAP represents the missing link that will enable this natural gas resource to be exploited. The 878 km TAP will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crossing Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea to come ashore in southern Italy. The landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities to transport the natural gas to large European markets such as Germany, France, and the UK.

“With our extensive experience and broad product portfolio, Siemens was the choice to help TAP open up the Southern Gas Corridor and secure efficient gas transmission to Europe,” said Jesus Pacheco, Head of New Equipment for the Dresser-Rand business division of Siemens Power and Gas. “We can help our pipeline clients mitigate risk and ensure safe and reliable operation at the lowest possible total lifecycle cost of ownership.”

Each of the six gas turbine-driven compressor trains comprises of a SGT-400 industrial gas turbine and a Siemens barrel-type STC-SV compressor. Siemens will deliver three compressor trains to the compressor station in Kipoi, Greece. This marks the beginning of the TAP at the border to Turkey. The TAP’s landfall in Albania will be 17 km northwest of Fier, up to 400 m inland from the shoreline. Another three units will be installed in this compressor station. Here, the natural gas will be compressed to up to 130 bar and will make its way along the 105 km seabed, from the Albanian to the Italian coast.

“Siemens was selected for its expertise, know-how and robust safety record in providing highly reliable gas turbine and turbo compressor units, which are an integral piece of our pipeline,” said Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director of the TAP Consortium.

Adapted from press release by Anna Nicklin

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