Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.21
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
The construction of Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) close to Albania’s Shtylla village and the rehabilitation of the village road led to residents of the area setting up new businesses, reads a message on TAP AG’s website.
The Shtylla village, located approximately 35 kilometers from Albania’s Korca city and 1,500 meters above the sea level, was for a long time an isolated community, difficult to reach via a deteriorated, bumpy road.
As a result of TAP’s road rehabilitation, the Shtylla village is now only a 45-minute drive away from Korca compared to two hours previously.
“People’s safety during travel and transport has also increased,” said the message.
Resident of Shtylla village Dylbere Pino is one of those who is benefiting from the construction of TAP pipeline. She is opening a restaurant and will shortly offer lodging rooms a few meters from her home.
An entrepreneurial spirit, the woman hopes to complete the investment with support from her family.
“When the road works were underway, TAP workers came here in my small home and ate whatever I had cooked that day. This gave me the idea for the restaurant,” she said.
In addition to TAP workers, she expects that the new road will make it easier for tourists to visit this beautiful mountain village and stop by her restaurant.
TAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union.
The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.
The pipeline will connect to the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy’s south.
TAP will be 878 kilometers in length (Greece 550 kilometers, Albania 215 kilometers, Adriatic Sea 105 kilometers, and Italy 8 kilometers). Its highest point will be 1,800 meters in Albania’s mountains, with lowest point at 820 meters beneath the sea.
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