Five months after marking
the start of construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
in Albania, eleven Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives
resident in Albania visited the TAP project works currently underway in Ura
Vajgurore, in the Berat region on Tuesday.
TAP representatives - including Commercial and
External Affairs Director Ulrike Andres and Country Manager for Albania
Shkelqim Bozgo - provided a progress overview as well as an outline of some of
the activities TAP will be carrying out throughout 2017.
Ulrike Andres, Commercial and External
Affairs Director of TAP, said: "TAP is a highly strategic project for the European gas market.
Once natural gas from the Shah Deniz II field starts flowing through TAP in
2020, several markets will benefit from increased gas supply security and
We are thankful to the
Albanian authorities for their strong collaboration, which enabled TAP's good
progress. So far in Albania we have cleared and graded more than 72 km, strung
over 62 km of line pipes, welded another 52 km and backfilled approximately 40
km," she added.
The Ambassadors were
pleased to learn more about TAP's benefits to Albania. To date, more than 1'700
employees, approximately 84% Albanians, have been directly employed in TAP's
construction processes. Additionally, several roads and bridges have been
upgraded, connecting remote villages with urban areas. Also, a number of social
and environmental investment projects are under way: refurbishment of several
schools along the TAP route, projects that promote tourism, etc. Last but not
least, numerous local companies have been subcontracted to offer their services
and expertise for the construction of the onshore pipeline segment in Albania.
and diplomatic representatives from eight countries took part in the visit were, Ambassador of Republic of Turkey, Hidayet Bayraktar, Ambassador of Republic of Italy, Alberto Cutillo, Ambassador of Switzerland, Christoph Graf, Ambassador of United States of America, Donald Lu, Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Duncan Norman, Deputy Head of Mission of Federal Republic of Germany, Anke Holstein, Deputy Head of Mission of Republic of France, Isabelle Le Guellec, Deputy Head of Mission of United Kingdom, Sean Melbourne and the Minister Counsellor of Hellenic Republic, Kostantinos Piperigos.