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Pipeline construction in Albania

TAP’s route through Albania is approximately 215 kilometres onshore and 37 km offshore in the Albanian section of the Adriatic Sea. It starts in the municipality of Devolli, in the Korça region, at the Albanian border with Greece, and arrives at the Adriatic coast 17 km north-west of Fier, 400 metres inland from the shoreline.

A compressor station will be built near Fier, and an additional compressor is planned near Bilisht should capacity be expanded to 20 billion cubic metres (bcm). Eight block valve stations and one landfall station will be built along its route.

To allow the safe passage of steel pipes through Albania, more than 175 km of access roads will be newly built or upgraded. These works are conducted in two phases. At the end of 2016, TAP completed the first phase of road infrastructure rehabilitation in Albania, comprising the upgrade of approximately 58km of access roads, construction of two new bridges and refurbishment of 40 bridges.

Work at each construction ‘spread’ is typically estimated to last for approximately three to six months. As elsewhere on TAP’s route, the pipeline will be buried underground.

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