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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 18:00

Stoppage of TAP operations in Albania not to affect project delivery time Featured

Stoppage of TAP operations in Albania not to affect project delivery time

Temporary stoppage of construction operations at the Alban section of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will not affect the project delivery time, which is going to be implemented by 2020 as it was planned, EU Spokesperson for Climate Action, Energy and TransportAnna-Kaisa Itkonen told Caspian Energy News.

It bears reminding that during works for clearing the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) route, TAP uncovered the remains of an ancient settlement near the Turan village in Korçë. According to the preliminary assessment undertaken by TAP Cultural Heritage experts, this is an open-air settlement spanning from the early Iron Age (10th – 9thcenturies BC) to the late Roman period (4th – 6th centuries AD), as suggested by the wealth of ceramics recovered at the site. During the Middle Ages (XII – XV century) the site was used as a cemetery, overlying the original site. Construction operations of TAP will be resumed within a month after relevant agencies complete their work, TAP says.

TAP Senior Cultural Heritage Advisor Neil Fairburn said: “The rescue, conservation and protection of cultural heritage along the pipeline route is critical to TAP’s construction activities. We have carried numerous pre-construction surveys and studies, and put in place a sound approach to ensure we minimise any cultural heritage, environmental and social impact.”

“We are now walking the talk. Our teams continue to monitor and recover all cultural heritage elements across our route, in line with our cultural heritage management plan, EU legislation and industry best practice,” Fairburn added.

TAP is an integral part of the Southern Gas Corridor which will ensure transportation of natural gas, produced within the framework of the Second Stage of Development of giant Azerbaijani field Shah Deniz (recoverable reserves 1,200 bcm of gas), to Europe.

TAP will be 878 kilometers in length (Greece 545 km, Albania 215 km, Adriatic Sea 105 km, and South Italy 8 km). Its highest point will be 1,800 meters in Albania’s mountains, while its lowest point will be 820 meters beneath the sea. TAP will be connected with TANAP gas pipeline on the Turkish-Greek border, which is designed for transportation of gas from Caspian fields to the western borders of Turkey. First gas supplies to Georgia and Turkey through TANAP targeted for late 2018, while first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately in early 2020.

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam S.p.A. (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

More details: https://www.tap-ag.com/news-and-events/tap-stories/2017/05/10/tap-uncovers-ancient-settlement-near-korce

Person in charge of the newsline: Fidan Isayeva 

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