TAP will initially have a capacity of 10 billion cubic metres (bcm)/year, providing enough energy for as many as 7 million households.
Two compressor stations, one near Kipoi, in Greece, and the other one on the Albanian coast near Fier, will be used to ensure gas transportation through the pipeline.
The pipeline’s transport capacity can be easily expanded to 20 bcm/year (and plus). As the crossing of the Adriatic will not be deeper than 810 metres below sea level, TAP can use a large diameter pipeline also for the subsea section. With this choice of pipeline dimensions, all that is needed for a future expansion of capacity is to add more compression. Two additional compressor stations can be installed later (one near Serres, Greece, and the other one near the Greek-Albanian border) to attain the maximum throughput of 20 bcm/year.
Pipeline Receiving Terminal (PRT), a combined pressure reduction, metering and pigging station, will be located in the province of Lecce, Italy, with tie-in to the Italian grid at the boundary of the terminal. The Central Control Centre for the entire TAP system will also be located at PRT, with a backup in Albania.
Please, note that the description of the gas transportation solution above can change as the project develops further.