Official sources of Trans Adriatic Pipeline project announced the opening of tender for the construction of gas pipeline sections in the Azerbaijani territory, Albania and Greece as well. The winning company will be announced in the third quarted of 2015.
TAP will invest about $100 ml in the access roads where the gas pipeline will be constructed, in the Albanian territory. The Albanian Ministry of Energy and Industry has requested to the TAP experts to include Albanian construction companies in this process.
Based on the offers, the contracts can be divided into smaller ones so the main contracters can share their work with sub contracters, by providing so many job opportunities for people in these countries, says Knut Steinar Kvindesland, Director of Procurement at TAP project.
“The winning companies for this tender will be selected based on the ability to meet high standards on helath protection, security, and environment. The contract amount for the construction of gas pipeline sections is bigger than the one predicted at the beginning so the main contracters will have to find sub contracters for the implementation of special parts of the contract. This will create employement opportunities and opportunities for businesses as well,” said Kvindesland.
The eligible companies that can apply for the tender are also the companies operating in the countries where the project of the 760km gas pipeline will be implemented. The construction of TAP pipeline will start by 2016 and will be divided into 5 lots, three of which will be constructed in the Greek territory and two of them in Albania.
TAP project will announce new tenders for the construction of compressor stations in Albania and Greece, in order to start transporting natural gas from the huge field of Shah Deniz of Azerbaijani, to the other side of the European continent. The first gas sales will start in Georgia and Turkey by the end of 2018 and in other parts of Europe in 2019. TAP project will be a very important source of foreign direct investments in the countries the gas pipeline will pass.
News source/photo credits: ATA
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