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TAP’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process in Albania

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) ESIA for Albania was approved by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Water Administration in April 2013. The Environmental Permit was subsequently granted by the National Licensing Centre.

The ESIA was conducted in full accordance with both national Albanian and EU legislation and followed the stringent requirements of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), recognised as benchmarks for international best practice.

The document underwent a rigorous ten-week review process, during which three public hearings with affected stakeholders were organised by the Ministry of Environment.

The ESIA maps out all possible environmental, cultural or socio-economic impacts of the pipeline and includes measures to avoid and mitigate any possible impacts the pipeline may have during and after construction.

Public consultation

Prior to the final submission, TAP provided the full ESIA document to residents of 83 communities in the regions of Korça, Skrapar, Berat and Fier, as well as to various NGOs and central institutions. In total, 23 public consultations took place with local stakeholders along the TAP route.

Local government was also involved in the consultation process. The TAP project team discussed the report with the councils of 38 communes located along the route. All issued formal decisions in support of the project.

During this period of public consultation, TAP received feedback from the local communities and responded to a range of queries.

ESIA Albania: background and timeline

April 2011: TAP begins formal ESIA process with submission of Scoping Report to the Albanian national and regional authorities, as well as more than 100 other relevant stakeholders.

The report includes a detailed description of the preferred route for TAP, identified during extensive refinement studies in Albania between 2009 and 2010.

It also contains a comprehensive explanation of the possible environmental and social impacts of the chosen route and suitable mitigation measures.

In particular, special consideration was given to the avoidance of sensitive natural habitats. As a direct result, TAP will bypass the Hotova National Park and the Vjosa river valley.

Link to ESIA Scoping Report for Albania in English.

Link to ESIA Scoping Report for Albania in Albanian.

November - December 2012: Disclosure of Non-Technical Summary (NTS) of the ESIA report to communities, NGOs and relevant authorities. 

NTS is a simplified and shortened version of the upcoming full ESIA report. It summarises key elements in an easily understandable and user-friendly format for the wider public and aims to make all stakeholders aware of the scope of the pipeline project, its potential impacts as well as proposed mitigation measures.

Link to Non-technical Summary (NTS) of ESIA for Albania in English

Link to Non-technical Summary (NTS) of ESIA for Albania in Albanian

January 2013: TAP officially submits its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Albanian section to the National Licensing Centre in Albania. The objective of the ESIA is to assess potential impacts of the pipeline project on the environment, cultural heritage and socio-economic development and to propose measures in order to avoid, reduce or mitigate negative impacts. TAP accepts public feedback on ESIA Albania until 30th April 2013.

Link to ESIA in English.

Link to ESIA in Albanian.

April 2013: TAP’s ESIA for Albania is approved by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Water Administration. The Environmental Permit to TAP is subsequently granted by the National Licensing Centre.

Providing feedback on ESIA Albania

TAP would like to hear from you. TAP welcomes any feedback from individuals or groups on its ESIA document and process through the following channels:

Email: esia-comments@tap-ag.com
Post: Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG – Albania (Branch Office), ABA Business Center, Floor 9 Rruga Papa Gjon Pali II, Tirana, Albania

 

Reference documentation

ESIA Albania (in English)

On the 21st of January 2013, TAP officially submitted its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Albanian section of the proposed natural gas pipeline to the National Licensing Centre in Albania. The objective of the ESIA is to assess potential impacts of the pipeline project on the environment, cultural heritage and socio-economic development and to propose measures in order to avoid, reduce or mitigate negative impacts.

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ESIA Albania (in Albanian)

On the 21st of January 2013 TAP officially submitted its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Albanian section of the proposed natural gas pipeline to the National Licensing Centre in Albania. The objective of the ESIA is to assess potential impacts of the pipeline project on the environment, cultural heritage and socio-economic development and to propose measures in order to avoid, reduce or mitigate negative impacts.

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Non-Technical Summary of ESIA Albania (in English)

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.

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Non-Technical Summary of ESIA Albania (in Albanian)

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.

Download

Scoping Report for the ESIA Albania (in English)

In April 2011 the Trans Adriatic Pipeline began the formal Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process, with the submission of the Scoping Report. The document was presented to the Albanian national and regional authorities, as well as to more than 100 other relevant stakeholders.

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Scoping Report for the ESIA Albania (in Albanian)

In April 2011 the Trans Adriatic Pipeline began the formal Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process, with the submission of the Scoping Report. The document was presented to the Albanian national and regional authorities, as well as to more than 100 other relevant stakeholders.

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