The Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) announced the start of construction and rehabilitation work on access roads and bridges along the pipeline’s route in Albania.
The occasion was marked by an inauguration ceremony near the town of Corovoda, attended by the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, Minister of Energy and Industry Damian Gjiknuri, and TAP Managing Director Ian Bradshaw.
Speaking to an audience that included foreign diplomats, members of the Albanian parliament, representatives of local authorities and other key stakeholders, Prime Minister Rama and Minister Gjiknuri emphasised the importance of the project to Albania. As one of the largest foreign investments in the country, TAP will have a positive impact on the country’s energy sector and will help encourage other foreign investments, they said.
TAP Managing Director Ian Bradshaw said: “TAP aims to build a modern pipeline that will safely deliver Caspian gas to Europe in early 2020. The construction of access roads and bridges in Albania is critical to our project’s progress. We are committed to zero harm to affected communities and minimum impact to the environment with safety remaining one of our highest priorities. This is an important step in realising that commitment.”
He added: “The rehabilitated roads and bridges will contribute not only to the modernisation of the transport infrastructure but also to transport safety. They will boost access to markets and services, thus contributing to the long-term economic growth of many Albanian regions.”
In total, TAP will:
- Construct and rehabilitate approximately 100 kilometres of road along the pipeline’s route, including Vishocice, Vithkuq and Shtylle in the Korça region; Potom, Corovodë, Kakrukë, Therepelë, Vendreshë in the Berati region; and Topoje in the Fier region.
- Build three new bridges and rehabilitate more than 40 existing bridges in the regions of Korçe, Berat and Fier.
The work is expected to be completed during 2016, while the main construction of the pipeline will start in summer 2016.