TAP Starts Seabed Survey near Vlora in Albania

The purpose of the investigation is to collect samples of the seabed soil near the Albanian coast along the planned route of the natural gas pipeline, which plans to bring Caspian gas to southern Italy

TIRANA –Trans Adriatic Pipeline, TAP started a near shore survey north of Vlora in south-western Albania on Thursday. Albert Haak, TAP's Country Manager for Albania, said: “The marine survey is carried out according to the highest international standards on environment and safety. TAP has received all necessary permits to perform for this work from all relevant port authorities and Ministries, including Ministry of Environment.” He added that the comprehensive analysis of the seabed is necessary for TAP in order to decide on the exact offshore routing of the pipeline and also for further pipeline engineering work. The purpose of the investigation is to collect samples of the seabed soil near the Albanian coast along the planned route of the natural gas pipeline, which plans to bring Caspian gas to southern Italy.
TAP will conduct seabed survey for the Albanian near shore section of the TAP pipeline in the Adriatic Sea using two working barges with support vessels. The samples are studied both in an offshore laboratory on the platform, and in an onshore laboratory for advanced testing, said Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG – Albania Branch Office in a press release on Thursday.
Both working barges will be moving very slowly at a distance of 3-5 km from the shore. The vessels will be visible from the shore; they will remain in the area for about 2-3 weeks depending on the weather conditions. TAP route in Albania was identified during extensive pipeline route refinement studies in 2009-2010. In particular, special consideration was given to the avoidance of sensitive natural habitats. As a direct result, TAP will bypass the Hotova National Park and the Vjosa river valley.
Entering from Greece at Miras in the Korça region, the Albanian section of the route stretches a total of 209km to the coast, north-west of Fier. The offshore section of TAP’s Albanian offshore section will be 60km in length, crossing the Adriatic Sea entering southern Italy near San Foca.
TAP will be one of the largest foreign direct investments in Albania and it will help to develop the country’s energy infrastructure and thereby foster economic growth by creating employment and developing local skills. Construction of the pipeline is expected to start in 2015, should TAP be selected as the preferred gas transportation solution by Shah Deniz Consortium.

Last edited: Friday, 24 February 2012

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