The upgraded road infrastructure will facilitate the transport of line pipes and equipment necessary for the pipeline construction activities. It also assists the development of neighbouring local communities and businesses in the Korça, Berati and Fier regions. Approximately 200,000 people benefit from the improved infrastructure.
Works were designed to have minimum impact on the environment and the communities along the pipeline route. Over 600 workers were employed in the process, over 99% Albanian.
Karl Roberts, TAP Project Manager for Albania said: “I want to congratulate all those who contributed to this success. Despite a complex and challenging geography, with elevations of up to 1,800m, works were completed on time, on budget and, above all, to the highest safety standards.”
Additionally, we’re proud to highlight few records for Albania. This is the first time bridges have been strengthened without interrupting road traffic, the first time quarries and natural material disposal sites have been reinstated to exacting environmental standards, and such care has been taken over preserving, monitoring and rescuing cultural heritage artefacts,” Roberts added.
A second phase of road upgrades, consisting of approximately 120 km roads, will be constructed by TAP’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction Pipeline contractor Spiecapag.
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 878 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 reaching 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. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately in early 2020.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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