ESIA disclosure meetings with communities in Albania
As part of its stakeholder engagement activities, TAP is disclosing the contents of the ESIA report to the local communities in Albania. Residents of areas potentially affected by the pipeline are invited to provide their views and comments, which will be incorporated in the project development.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a natural gas pipeline project. The TAP pipeline will transport gas from Caspian region via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy and further to western Europe. TAP will enter Albania from Greece at Bilisht Qender in Korça region. The landfall will be located in the coastal area north of Fier.
After several years of route selection and refinement in Albania, TAP has completed its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and is preparing to submit the document to the Albanian authorities. The ESIA process has been carried out and the report drafted by a group of Albanian and international experts in accordance with the Albanian law and in compliance with the Environmental and Social Policy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The objective of the ESIA is to assess the potential impacts of the project on the environment, cultural heritage and socio-economic resources and to design measures to avoid, reduce or mitigate negative impacts.
In this framework, TAP is now disclosing the ESIA document (non-technical summary or NTS) to all affected communities along the pipeline route to make sure that views of local stakeholders on impacts and mitigation measures can be incorporated in the pipeline project development.
The TAP team will organise 22 ESIA disclosure meetings in Albania in the coming weeks. The meetings with local communities will start on the 19th November in the eastern Albania (Korça District) and they will finish on the 7th of December in western Albania (Fier District). A public announcement with the details of date and location of the meetings is published by the local media. On December 8th, TAP will also organise a meeting with NGOs in Tirana.
TAP started its official ESIA submission process in Albania in April 2011 by submitting the ESIA Scoping Report to the Albanian authorities. TAP is preparing to submit its full Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report at the beginning of 2013.
Albert Haak, TAP's Country Manager for Albania, said: “TAP is committed to open and transparent communication. We are looking forward to present this important document to the communities in Albania and to listen to their feedback. It is important for us to develop this pipeline in continuous dialogue with them, making sure that all concerns are addressed and all questions are answered.”
TAP welcomes any feedback or questions on ESIA from local residents by email: esia-comments(at)tap-ag.com