To date, approximately 65
percent of the 13,000 pipes used for the onshore section of the TAP pipeline in
Albania have arrived. The work on the eastern segment of the Trans-Adriatic
Pipeline (TAP) will start in 2017.
TAP started the transport of some 4,900
steel line pipes, mostly 18 meters long, from the main marshalling yard in
Durres towards the Korca region, Albania, said the message on TAP's website.
TAP's contractor Spiecapag and its
selected partner and subcontractor, Albanian company Diamant shpk, are
undertaking this process. TAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor which is
one of the priority energy projects for the EU.
TAP project envisages transportation of
gas from the Stage 2 of development of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas and
condensate field to the EU countries.
The 870-kilometer pipeline will be
connected to the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border,
run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in
TAP's route through Albania will be
approximately 215 km onshore and 37 km offshore in the Albanian section of the
Adriatic Sea. It starts at Bilisht Qender in the Korca region at the Albanian
border with Greece, and arrives at the Adriatic coast 17 km north-west of Fier,
400 meters inland from the shoreline.