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Who is affected by TAP’s land easement and acquisition process?

Land register (cadastre) update determines which landowners and land users are affected by TAP.

TAP needs access to the pipeline corridor which is approximately 52 metres wide in Greece and Albania, and between approximately 22 and 26 metres wide in Italy.

If a land plot lies within this corridor or on the territory identified for TAP’s permanent and temporary above-the-ground facilities (compressor stations, block valve stations, worker camps, etc.), it will most likely be affected by TAP.

As one of the first steps in the LEA process, TAP’s contractors update existing information on the ownership and use of all land parcels affected by the project. Registers of land ownership and use are known as ‘cadastres’. This process aims to establish a detailed and comprehensive ‘cadastral map’, based on surveys and the examination of existing land registers.

During these steps TAP needs to answer the following questions:

  • Which land parcels are affected by TAP? 
  • Where are they located? 
  • Who owns and uses this land?

The cadastral update is currently underway in Greece and Albania and is planned to start soon in Italy.

To find out more about the cadastre work in each country, please read one of the country sub-pages.


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.

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 are collecting cadastre information about landowners and users living in the communities along the planned access roads which will need to be built to construction sites.