June 29 - CEVA Logistics has signed a deal with TANAP (Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Project) to manage the logistics operations for the movement of giant pipes.

TANAP is designed to transport 16 billion cu m of natural gas from the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan to Turkey, and on to Europe through Turkey at an estimated development cost of USD 10 billion.

CEVA will provide ground transportation, in addition to contract logistics services for the steel pipes, weighing 1.2 million tonnes in total, from Ardahan to Edirne in Turkey, passing through 20 provinces over a distance of 1,850 km. The project is planned over three distinct phases and will be completed in 2018.

Within the scope of the project 135,884  56-inch (1,422 mm) and 48-inch (1,219mm) steel pipes will need to be transported to key locations along the pipeline: The 56-inch pipes will be shipped between May 2015 and October 2016 and the 48-inch pipes between October 2015 and April 2017.   

Fuat Adoran, managing director of CEVA in Turkey and Balkans said: "We have completed a similar project in the USA with great success. Certainly, the size of TANAP as well as its significance for Turkey makes it a very strategic project for us."