Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 22 / Trend A.Badalova /
Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is presenting Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report to the local communities in Albania, TAP said in a report on its website.
"Residents of areas potentially affected by the pipeline are invited to provide their views and comments, which will be incorporated in the project development," the report said.
According to the report, after several years of route selection and refinement in Albania, TAP has completed its ESIA and is preparing to submit the document to the Albanian authorities.
TAP project is designed to transport gas from the Caspian region via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy and further into Western Europe. TAP pipeline in Albania will be about 209 km long onshore and 60 km offshore in the Albanian section of the Adriatic Sea.
Gas to be produced within the second phase of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas condensate field development is considered as the main source for TAP.
TAP's initial pipeline capacity will be 10 billion cubic metres per year, expandable to 20 billion cubic metres per year. TAP's shareholders are EGL of Switzerland (42.5 percent), Norway's Statoil (42.5 percent) and E.ON Ruhrgas of Germany (15 percent).
Currently, the Shah Deniz consortium considers two options to deliver its gas to Europe -TAP and Nabucco West. The final decision on a pipeline route will be made in 2013.