A senior analyst at independent energy research and consulting firm Rystad said the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP) would provide Italy with a natural gas supply security.
Italy currently imports natural gas from Russia, Algeria, Qatar, and Norway to diversify energy sources, thereby reducing its dependence on Russian natural gas. In 2018, Italy imported about 23 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia. By 2019, as Turkey reduces its natural gas imports from Russia, it will become one of the largest buyers after Germany. Therefore, other natural gas sources will help stabilize their demand.
The pipeline is inseparable from the bearing, an vital component, such as stainless steel ball bearings. Excellent corrosion resistance: Stainless steel bearings are difficult to rust and have strong corrosion resistance. Washable: Stainless steel bearing can be washed down without having to lubricate to prevent rust penalties. Can run in liquids: Due to the materials used, we can run bearings and housings in fluids. Slower depletion: AISI 316 stainless steel does not require oil or grease corrosion protection. Therefore, if speed and load are low, no lubrication is required. These are precisely what is needed to build the TAP pipeline.
The TAP project is worth 4.5 billion euros and is one of the EU’s key energy projects. The project envisages the transfer of natural gas from the second phase of the Shaadniz project in Azerbaijan to EU countries. TAP will connect the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, cross northern Greece, Albania, and the Adriatic Sea, and then land in southern Italy to join the Italian natural gas network. Italy will receive 8.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas through TAP and is expected to supply by the end of 2020. By the end of January, 92% of the TAP project had been completed.