HFCL Bags Trans Adriatic Pipeline Project


Indian fiber optic cable manufacturer, HFCL (Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited) has been selected by the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) for the supply and delivery of around 1,550 kilometers of fiber optic cables. This fiber optic cable will facilitate bi-directional communication feed from the pipeline and associated assets, such as compressor and block valve stations, to the supervisory control center.

HFCL is one of the largest manufacturers of optical fibre cables in India with a strong customer base in more than 30 countries. HFCL has fiber optic cable manufacturing division, Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) manufacturing facilities and telecommunication electronics equipment manufacturing units in India. We have recently reported BSNL’S placement of advanced purchase order worth US$185 million to HFCL for the defense tender.HFCL has made another milestone achievement by bagging the prestigious TAP project.

TAP project envisages transportation of gas from Stage 2 of the development of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas and condensate field to the EU countries. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will transport Caspian natural gas to Europe.

Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania, and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.

TransAdriaticPipelineRoutewon by HFCL

The project is currently in its implementation phase and is preparing for the construction of the pipeline, which is planned to begin in 2016. Once built, TAP will offer a direct and cost-effective transportation route opening up the vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3500-kilometre long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.

TAP’s shareholders, major energy companies SOCAR, Snam, BP, Fluxys, Enagás and Axpo, are experienced in delivering complex international projects. TAP chose the pipeline’s route with great care to ensure the best commercial and technical possibilities and cause minimum environmental and social impact.

878 kilometres in length, TAP’s highest elevation will be 1,800 metres in the mountains of Albania while its lowest depth offshore will be 820 metres beneath the Adriatic Sea. Along its route, TAP can facilitate connections to a number of existing and proposed pipelines, ensuring that the Southern Gas Corridor opens up to many different energy markets. This will enable the delivery of Caspian gas to destinations throughout South Eastern, Central, and Western Europe.

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will start near Kipoi on the border of Turkey and Greece, where it will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). From there, TAP will continue onshore, crossing the entire territory of Northern Greece, its longest stretch, then onwards east to west through Albania to the Adriatic coast.

The offshore section of the pipeline will begin near the Albanian city of Fier and it will traverse the Adriatic Sea to tie into Italy’s gas transportation network in Southern Italy. TAP will be 878 kilometres in length (Greece 550 km; Albania 215 km; Adriatic Sea 105 km; Italy 8 km). Its highest point will be 1,800 metres in Albania’s mountains, while its lowest will be 820 metres beneath the sea.

HFCL is a leading manufacturer of optical fiber cables, optical transport, power electronics and broadband equipment for the telecommunication industry. The Company has state of the art modern production facilities at Solan (Himachal Pradesh), Goa, and Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and caters to both Indian and global markets. HFCL, in Joint Venture with a Canadian enterprise DragonWave, supplies a full range of Point-to-Point Microwave Radio Links (IP radios up to 23Ghz).

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