NDT Global to conduct baseline survey of TAP

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NDT Global, a leading supplier of ultrasonic inline inspection (ILI), acoustic resonance technology (ART), and advanced data analytics are proud to announce they have been awarded the contract to complete a baseline inspection survey for Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Report informs, citing NDT Global.

This 878 km large-diameter gas pipeline system possesses many challenging characteristics, including mountainous terrain, high elevation profile, high wall thickness, and a complex subsea depth profile. NDT Global’s ART Scan™ technology manages all these challenges, while seamlessly combining wall thickness, geometry, and mapping survey capabilities into a single inspection.

Willem Vos, Head of Product Management comments, “NDT Global are excited to begin this baseline inspection program with Trans Adriatic Pipeline. This award further illustrates that gas pipeline operators recognize the advantage of high accuracy UT inspections and further solidifies the future of Acoustic Resonance technology in the global gas pipeline market.”

As the last segment of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP, which provides Europe with reliable access to a new natural gas source and is of strategic importance, plays a vital role in strengthening Europe’s energy security, diversifying supplies serving decarbonization purposes.

TAP transports natural gas to Europe from the giant Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea’s Azerbaijani sector. The 878 km pipeline connects to the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline on the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece, Albania, and the Adriatic Sea, and reaches Italy’s southern coast.

On the first day of the project, which started the flow of natural gas to Europe on December 31, 2020, TAP pumped 10.9 million cubic meters of natural gas to Europe.

TAP can stimulate gas supplies to Southeast European countries through interconnectors to be built in the future. For example, Bulgaria will strengthen supply security by meeting 33% of its natural gas needs via TAP. In turn, it will increase the penetration of natural gas in the country. TAP’s outlets in Greece and Albania and Italy also open up opportunities for transporting Azerbaijani gas to other European countries.

TAP’s shareholders are SOCAR (20%), bp (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).