Tirane, Albania / February 29, 2016
The TAP project will start to implement in the territory of Albania within the first half of this year, has announced the Minister of Energy and Industry, Damian Gjiknuri. The Albanian Minister Gjiknuri attended the second meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council in Baku, Azerbaijan. According to him, the member states of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council reconfirmed their commitment in the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline projects.
The second meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council was attended by EU energy Ministers and those of countries included in the TANAP and TAP projects (Albania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Montenegro, Greece, the UK, Azerbaijani, Croatia and Italy).
The attendants of the meeting agreed in expanding the Southern Gas Corridor by including other states in the project and according to the Albanian Minister, “Albania and Montenegro have applied to the European Commission for the financing of Ionian – Adriatic Pipeline’s final design. At the meeting, the organizers also mentioned the Albania – Kosovo feasibility study for a possible bifurcation of the Ionian – Adriatic Pipeline between Albania and Kosovo.”
During his participation at the meeting, the Albanian Minister held meetings with the representatives of the main TAP investors and discussed the implementation of this project in Albania.
Due to the implementation of TAP project in southern Albania, families that live in the areas of Devoll, Korça, Skrapar, Berat and Fier will be expropriated and will be compensated by the state. The Albania government has announced this process will cost ALL 130 million, money that will be paid by the TAP project.
News source/photo credits: Ministry of Energy and Industry