TIRANA, Jan 29 /ATA/- The works for construction of Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the largest energetic work in Albania, have advanced to the mountainous area of Skrapar, which is the highest elevation of the pipeline route in Albania.
Prime Minister Edi Rama has chosen to greet the Albanians this Monday morning with several views of the TAP works in this area.
“GOOD MORNING 😃 and with these photos of the works for construction of TAP project, which are well underway in the mountainous area of Skrapar, also the highest elevation of the pipeline route, I wish you a prosperous day,” PM Rama pens.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline worth EUR 4.5 billion, part of the Southern Gas Corridor, is one of the priority energy projects not only for Albania but for the European Union.
878 kilometres in length, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline starts in the Shah Deniz II gas field in Azerbaijan and goes through Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea to arrive in Italy.
TAP is a key strategic project for gas infrastructure in Albania and the region.
TAP’s route through Albania is approximately 215 kilometres onshore and 37 km offshore in the Albanian section of the Adriatic Sea. The onshore section 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.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MEI) confirms that up to now some 167 km of the project route have been cleared in Albania. The canal has been opened and the pipes installed throughout a length of 135 km, while 116 km have been restored to the original state.
The video of 129 seconds juxtaposed with this posting documents the progress of this important project for the territory of Korça.
Impact of TAP on Albanian economy
The investment in construction of TAP in Albania totals EUR 1,5 bn becoming the major contributor to the stock of Direct Foreign Investments (DFI).
The TAP project in Albania currently numbers over 2200 employees of whom 84 percent are Albanians.
2018 is expected to be the last year of construction works. 2019 will see the first tests on site and 2020 will see the first gas delivery to Europe.
Inclusion of Albania in this project has put our country on the European map of energy.
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