BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 24. A high level of preparation has been achieved in the implementation of the Ionian Adriatic Pipeline (IAP) project in Croatia, Robert Bošnjak, Head of Strategic Development Business Unit at Croatia’s natural gas transmission system operator Plinacro told CEENERGYNEWS, Trend reports.
“The Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline project is one of the projects that will ensure security and diversification of supply for the entire region,” he begins. “It is a project that would connect the existing Croatian gas transmission system with the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project and provide a new supply route and a new gas source from the Caspian region, that is, from Azerbaijan and possibly from other gas sources, such as Eastern Mediterranean gas or a new LNG in Albania,” he said.
Bošnjak noted that IAP would provide a source of gas for Central and Southeast Europe, but it would also enable the gasification of Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina and significantly contribute to the implementation of the low-carbon policy of the European Union, promoting gas as a transition energy source in areas where coal is the primary source of energy.
“Concerning the preparation of the project for the Croatian sections of the IAP, a high level of preparation has been achieved, for some sections even building permits have been obtained, while for the Albanian and Montenegrin sections the preliminary designs have been completed,” Bošnjak explained adding that the next logical step is the establishment of the Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline Company.
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