The Trans Adriatic Pipeline has begun its land easement and acquisition activities for the 870 km long pipeline in Albania, Greece, and Italy.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has authorised its contractors to start surveys for collecting detailed information on the landowners living along the pipeline corridor to complement the existing cadastral data. The goal is to identify rightful land owners, establish property boundaries, and evaluate the affected properties. TAP’s land easement and acquisition (LEA) process is based on acquiring access rights to land in order to establish access for the pipeline.
TAP will require temporary access to land for the construction strip along which the pipeline will be buried, and permanent access to land for installations such as compressor and block-valve stations. Following construction, TAP will also require land easements for the pipeline corridor and safety zones.
TAP is carrying out its activities in accordance with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s international standards to ensure that all affected people living along the pipeline corridor are compensated fairly and transparently.
The LEA activities are being undertaken by contractor Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV), an international engineering and project management service provider and consultancy based in the Netherlands.
In 2014 TAP plans to enter into agreements with landowners regulating how the access to land can be granted. RHDHV will be contacting all affected landowners in the next few months, and will mobilise a team of 200 staff members to carry out LEA activities in Greece, Albania, and Italy.
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.