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TAP Awards First Major Contract | For Construction of Access Roads and Bridges in Albania

14 April 2015


Tirana, Albania. Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has selected a joint venture formed by Gener 2 Sh.p.K and Sicilsaldo S.p.A. for the construction and rehabilitation of access roads and bridges in Albania. The decision concludes TAP’s pre-qualification process (launched in April 2014), followed by bid assessments from the shortlisted companies that met TAP’s rigorous pre-qualification criteria.  The building of Albanian access roads and bridges is a crucial step in TAP’s preparations for pipeline construction, to begin in 2016.

The scope of work for the contract covers:

  • Construction and rehabilitation of over 100 kilometres of road along the pipeline’s route: in Vishocice, Trestenik, Vithkuq and Shtyllas in the Korca region, Corovode, Kakruke as well as in the surroundings of Potom in the Berati region and Seman and Topoje in the Fier region.
  • Construction of two new bridges and rehabilitation of approximately 50 existing bridges in the regions of Korce, Berat and Fier.

Works are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.

Leading the joint venture is Gener 2 Sh.p.K, an Albanian construction and development company with almost 20 years of relevant experience. The company has executed numerous projects, including engineering and design, management, coordination, and supervision of various privately owned and government funded construction and development activities.

Sicilsaldo S.p.A. is an Italian company specialised in engineering, procurement and construction services in the oil and gas as well as in the power sector. The services they provide range from design and construction to maintenance of plant and pipelines.

Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director of TAP, commented: “Today’s announcement is an important step for TAP’s execution phase, as it will allow for pipe-laying to begin in 2016. I want to express our gratitude to all those who participated in this process and congratulate the winning joint venture company on their success.”

Bradshaw added that “I would also like to reinforce that TAP remains committed to acting as a responsible corporate citizen. In addition to our community investment programme in Albania, the access roads and bridges will be left behind for the benefit of the local communities for decades to come."

For further information on TAP’s procurement process and the contracts that it plans to award, please go to:

If you are a subcontractor and are interested in working for one of the companies that TAP selects for its contracts, please go to to register your details, which will be passed on to companies invited to tender in TAP’s procurement process.



About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to some of the largest European markets such as Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria.

TAP will promote the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment and it is not dependent on grants or subsidies. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately a year later.

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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