Albania believes in timely implementation of TAP project

Albania's President Bujar Nishani believes that the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will be implemented in a timely manner, Albanian media reported March 30.

Nishani has visited the area where currently pipes are being delivered for the construction.

"I was impressed by the high standards of the engineering work carried out as part of the TAP project," said the president. "I believe in the timely implementation of this project."

Moreover, it is a great opportunity for Tirana to become Europe's energy hub, according to Nishani.

The project's implementation will enable the country to stabilize its energy supply which currently depends on the coal and water resources, said Albania's president.

TAP project envisages transportation of gas from the Stage 2 of development of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas and condensate field to EU countries.

The 870 kilometers long 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 Italy's south.

The initial capacity of TAP will be 10 billion cubic meters per year, expandable to 20 billion cubic meters. It is planned to start the pipeline's construction in mid-2016.

Source: Trend