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Construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Guided by the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) in each host country, TAP’s route has been selected to respect environmental, social and culturally sensitive areas wherever possible.

TAP is now in its construction phase. The construction of the pipeline and its related facilities takes place in stages / phases and is influenced by weather conditions and in some cases, seasonal restrictions. The actual construction activity along the pipeline Right-of-Way (ROW) is typically sequenced to take place over a period of three to six months. However, overall access to land is required for a longer period, to allow for continuing ROW access for transportation and other peripheral construction activities. In total, this could last between 12 and 24 months, inclusive of the actual construction periods. 

All land used will be reinstated to at least its original condition. TAP pays compensation for the total amount of disturbance time (that is, for the actual disturbance time or for 24 months, whichever is greater), when the land is being used.

Once built, the onshore pipeline itself will be buried at least one metre beneath the ground and is therefore invisible for the entire route. Only facilities such as the pipeline receiving terminal, compressor and block valve stations will be above ground. The pipeline itself and all facilities will be designed and constructed to have minimum environmental impact.

The project aims to comply with the benchmark performance requirements of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The TAP project team also engages in transparent and open dialogue with all its stakeholders during all stages of the project development and implementation.

Pipeline construction in numbers

Please note that all figures are estimates and can change as the project develops.