Turkish railways is getting prepared to run for pipes of Trans Anatolian Natural Gaz Pipeline project (TANAP).
The pipeline to be constructed in Turkey will start from Turkgozu at Turkey-Georgia border, will go through Ardahan, Kars, Erzurum, Erzincan, Bayburt, Gumushane, Giresun, Sivas, Yozgat, Kirsehir, Kirikkale, Ankara, Eskisehir, Bilecik, Kutahya, Bursa, Balikesir, Canakkale, Tekirdag and Edirne, and will reach to Ipsala at Greece-Turkey border. The line will be 1850 km long.
The line will be made of hundred thousands of pipes which would mean ten thousands of trucks. Since project is almost in parallel to the railway line, railway is expected to be used intensively.
Pipes will be supplied by 7 companies: Baosteel (China), Borusan Mannesmann, Noksel, Erciyas, Toscelik, Umran and Emek (Turkey).
The first 1337 km from Ardahan to Eskisehir with 56’’ diameter pipes will be constructed by 3 companies: Fernas Insaat (Ardahan-Erzurum), Sicim-Yuksel-Akkord Consortium (Erzurum-Sivas) and Tekfen (Sivas-Eskisehir).
For this first phase of the project, even if half of the pipes are transported on rail, one full block train should be depart every day during 2 years.