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The First Segment of TAP’s Micro-Tunnel in Albania is Completed

03 May 2018

Tirana, Albania. At the end of April, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) successfully completed the first segment of its micro-tunnel in the Skrapari region. Approximately two months since works started, the boring machine finished digging the 560-metre Eastern micro-tunnel segment.


TAP’s contractor Spiecapag and subcontractor Bessac managed to complete this phase in line with the project schedule and without any incidents. The micro-tunnel is constructed using state-of-the-art technology, which ensures safety while minimising impact on the environment. With the Eastern leg completed, the works on the Western segment of the micro-tunnel will now start. The micro-tunnel construction works are due to be finalised during the summer.

The micro-tunnel in Çorovoda is comprised of the now completed 560-metre Eastern tunnel and a 600-metre Western section. The micro-tunnel will be 1.5 kilometres long, with a 1.8-metre diameter, and avoid any impact on the banks of the Osumi River and a newly constructed bypass road.

Skrapar’s landscape, Albania’s mountainous region where TAP will reach 1,800 metres above sea level, poses many challenges to the pipeline construction, as a result of its numerous geohazards, steep mountain slopes, and geological composition.

TAP Construction Progress in Albania

Right of Way cleared and graded: 187 km   
Pipes welded: 177 km  
Pipeline lowered in: 161 km    
Backfilled: 159 km              
Right of way reinstated:120 km