ECONOMY

TAP begins land easement and acquisition process

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG, the joint venture company formed with the purpose of planning, developing and building the TAP pipeline, on Friday announced it has started the process of contacting the owners of the land areas the natural gas pipes will pass through, as the implementation of the biggest energy project to include Greek territory gets under way.

The consortium, which will carry out the contruction of infrastructure to transmit Azeri gas to Central Europe via Greece, Albania and Italy, stated that it has authorized its contractors to start surveys for collecting detailed information on the landowners living along the pipeline corridor to complement the existing cadastral data.

The objective is to identify rightful landowners, establish property boundaries and evaluate the affected properties.

TAP’s land easement and acquisition 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 where the pipeline will be buried and permanent access to land for installations such as compressor stations, block valve stations etc.

Following construction, TAP will also require land easements for the pipeline corridor and safety zones.

It is planned that TAP will be ready to transport first gas from the Shah Deniz gas field in Azerbaijan to Central Europe in 2019.