The last shipment of steel line-pipes for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) arrived in Thessaloniki, Greece, on October 10 marking the completion and final delivery of all line-pipes to TAP’s host countries, TAP said on October 16.
The transport of 55,000 TAP pipes and bends was completed in approximately one year and a half. The first pipes arrived in Durrës, Albania in April 2016 and deliveries to Greece started one month later, in May 2016.
Approximately 55,000 pipes are used to build TAP – 32,000 in Greece; 13,000 in Albania; 9,150 offshore and 670 in Italy.
The weight of all pipes amounts to 520,000 tonnes: or approximately 71 Eiffel towers.
The weight of a single 18-metre pipe ranges from 9.3 tonnes to 16.3 tonnes, depending on the wall thickness.
The pipes were transported to TAP’s main marshalling yards in 79 sea vessel shipments of various sizes and 158 block trains within Greece. The offloading of the largest ships took five days on average.
Greece’s Corinth Pipeworks and Germany’s Salzgitter Mannesmann International manufactured the pipes.
TAP Project Director John Haynes noted that the entire logistics delivery process was carried out in line with the project schedule and to the highest safety standards. “Considering that each pipe has been lifted approximately seven times from production at the mills until reaching our main marshalling yards, we are proud that this massive operation has been completed without any safety incidents within our host countries. I would like to thank our contractors and sub-contractors responsible for shipping, offloading and transporting TAP pipes for their professionalism, hard work and commitment to safety,” Haynes said.
According to TAP, from the main marshalling yards, the pipes are transported further to the local pipe yards near the construction sites, along the pipeline route.