Salzgitter to supply pipes for offshore section of TAP pipeline

Germany’s Salzgitter Group has won a contract to supply a large batch of pipes in support of the construction of the offshore section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.

The German supplier will deliver more than 71,000 t of large-diameter pipes measuring 36 Inch in diameter for the 110 km long offshore leg of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).

The pipeline is to transport natural gas from the Caspian region to Europe in the future. The project scope also comprises pipe components and coating services.

The large-diameter pipes are to be manufactured by the end of 2016 in various production stages by EUROPIPE GmbH, Mülheim an der Ruhr, a joint venture of the Salzgitter Group and AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke. Delivery is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2016. Together with other recently booked orders such as Nord Stream 2 this will secure a good basic capacity utilization until mid-2018.

Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH had already secured the contract for the onshore leg of TAP back in October 2015. This order involves the delivery of 270 km of large-diameter pipes and 1,559 pipe bends with an overall tonnage of approximately 170,000 t. The pipes are currently also being produced by EUROPIPE and the pipe bends by Salzgitter Mannesmann Grobblech GmbH, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr.

TAP will transport natural gas in conjunction with the TANAP pipeline currently under construction that will run from Greece through Albania and on to southern Italy.