Trans Adriatic Pipeline: What’s at stake between Italy and US

Louise Miner | Euro News | 30/07/2018

As the Italian Prime Minister visits the White House, one of the many issues to be discussed will be about the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) worth €5 billion.

An 870-km (540-mile) pipeline will link Azerbaijan Shah Deniz II field with Italy, crossing through Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea.

By the end of 2020, it will transport around 10 billion cubic meters per year.

It aims to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russia for gas.

But final stages of construction are under review as Italy’s new environment minister calls the project “pointless”, as he says there’s a lack of demand.