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Sustainability have been awarded a contract by Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to act as the Independent Environmental and Social Consultant (IESC) for the final construction, commissioning and operations phase of the pipeline.

Crossing Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline will be the last link in Europe’s vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500-kilometre long gas value chain, delivering Shah Deniz Phase II gas from the Caspian Sea to southern Italy and into Europe.

As the lenders’ environmental and social consultant, Sustainability will provide environment, social, health and safety verification, monitoring and certification services in relation to TAP’s compliance with the environmental and social requirements of TAP’s project finance.

Sustainability’s scope will be supported by in-country site visits.

The selected project team has extensive experience in the assessment and monitoring of the environmental and social performance of oil and gas pipelines and importantly long-term experience in the application of lender performance requirements.

Heath Thorpe, Sustainability’s Health, Safety and Environment Director said “Our work on different facets of this pipeline development spans six years, over this time we have gained intimate knowledge of the project both upstream and downstream. To date, Sustainability has been trusted to deliver multiple Southern Gas Corridor projects with great success and are looking to apply this experience on the TAP project.

“Sustainability’s experience in delivering similar work ranges from serving as Lender’s IESC in Azerbaijan for the Shah Deniz II Project, the TANAP project in Turkey and providing key specialists for IESC roles on LNG and gas pipeline projects in Indonesia and northern Australia. In addition, we are currently managing the lender’s Technical, Environmental and Social Consultant (TESC) for the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) gas pipeline in Romania” said Mr Thorpe.

TAP remains on schedule to transport first gas from Shah Deniz II in 2020.