Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Albania dedicates particular importance to extending the gas line up in the Adriatic-Ionian corridor as a strategic imperative for the regional integration in the broadest European integration framework and the Euro-Atlantic region, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said during the meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The speech of Edi Rama is published on the US State Department's official website.
Albania is one of the transit countries for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
TAP's initial capacity will be 10 billion cubic meters per year, expandable to 20 billion cubic meters per year.
During the meeting between Edi Rama and John Kerry energy security was one the main points of conversation.
Rama informed the Secretary of State on the very positive progress of the project of regional interaction in this area and the role Albania is ready to play as a connecting point in the Balkans with the European energy market, in particular through the TAP.
TAP's routing can facilitate connections to some infrastructure projects to supply gas to several South Eastern European countries. One of these projects is the Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline (IAP).
IAP pipeline with a length of around 516 kilometers will be connected to TAP in the city of Fier in Albania. The pipeline will pass through Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and end in the city of Split in Croatia, where it will be connected to the existing gas distribution system of the country. From Croatia, the gas can go to Hungary and other countries of Central and Western Europe.
TAP is cooperating with the developers of the planned Ionian Adriatic Pipeline (IAP) to discuss connection possibilities to markets without gas in Southern Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.