TAP needed access to the construction corridor which is approximately 38 metres wide in Greece and Albania, and approximately 18 metres wide in Italy.
The Land Easement and Acquisition (LEA) process required TAP to identify the legal land owners of parcels affected by the project through the national cadasters. However, no cadaster data existed for most of the areas crossed by the pipeline in Greece, so TAP followed the formal processes of the Greek cadaster to identify all affected land owners within a 100-metre wide corridor. In Albania, TAP updated all national cadastral data within a 300-metre corridor along TAP’s route.
If a land plot lied within this corridor or on the territory identified for TAP’s permanent and temporary above ground installations (compressor stations, block valve stations, construction camps, pipe yards etc.), it would most likely be affected by the project and thus should be registered during TAP’s update of the TAP cadastre in Greece and Albania.
As one of the first steps in the LEA process, TAP’s contractors updated existing information on the ownership and use of all land parcels affected by the project. This process established detailed and comprehensive cadastral maps and tables, based on surveys and the examination of existing cadastral registers.
In all host countries, the update of the cadastre process has been completed prior to TAP securing land rights required for the construction and operation of the pipeline.
To find out more about the cadastre works that took place in each country, please visit one of the sub-pages below.
Who will be affected by TAP’s land easement and acquisition process in Albania?
The land register (cadastre) update in Albania aims to answer these questions:
- Which land parcels are affected by TAP?
- Where are they located?
- Who owns and uses this land?
TAP’s contractors in Albania have collected all available legal cadastral and land ownership information. This has been officially registered and digitised, affording a complete overview of the pipeline route in Albania.
Property and topographical boundaries and characteristics, including the classification of land categories, have also been digitised, based on existing orthophotos (an advanced type of aerial photography) taken in 2007 and most recently updated with new aerial photographs taken in 2013.
As legal information on land ownership in Albania may be not up to date, informal information was also collected in order to ensure all parties with an interest in affected parcels were treated fairly.
The final step and overall goal of this activity is the development of a uniform, systematic and up-to-date cadastre that captures the extent and ownership status of all properties within the TAP project area, accepted and guaranteed by the Albanian authorities and achieved through cooperation with the country’s Immovable Property Registration Offices (IPROs).
Currently, TAP’s contractors collected cadastre information about landowners and users living in the communities along the planned access roads which were built to access construction sites.