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ESIA Albania (in English)

On the 21st of January 2013 TAP officially submitted its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Albanian section of the proposed natural gas pipeline to the National Licensing Centre in Albania.

TAP with a group of Albanian and international experts developed the comprehensive ESIA report in accordance with the Albanian law and in compliance with the Environmental and Social Policy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The objective of the ESIA is to assess potential impacts of the pipeline project on the environment, cultural heritage and socio-economic development and to propose measures in order to avoid, reduce or mitigate negative impacts.

The TAP pipeline will transport gas from Caspian region via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy and further to Western Europe. Albanian section of the TAP pipeline will start at Bilisht Qendër in Korça region at the Albanian-Greek border. The landfall for the onshore part of the Albanian section will be located in the coastal area north of Fier. The total length of the TAP’s onshore section in Albania will be about 209 km and 60 km offshore in the Albanian section of the Adriatic Sea.

TAP is currently disclosing the full ESIA document to all affected communities along the pipeline route to make sure that their views and concerns are incorporated in the pipeline project development.

TAP has already disclosed the non-technical summary and relevant information on ESIA report to the residents of 83 communities in Korça, Skrapar, Berat, and Fier regions and to Albanian NGOs. Local governments were also involved in the consultation process - TAP discussed the report with 38 councils of the affected communes and they expressed support for the project.

In addition, local authorities in coordination with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Water Administration will organize a number public hearings on TAP’s ESIA by the end of February. The exact dates of these regional meetings will be announced in the local media.

Albert Haak, TAP’s Country Office Director for Albania, said: “The submission of the ESIA to the government of Albania is a great achievement for TAP. Several years of hard work on the pipeline route refinement and analysis resulted in this comprehensive and detailed ESIA report of about 4000 pages. We are now making every effort to present the it to the local communities and request their opinion. So far, the feedback has been very constructive and the project enjoys wide support.”

Once TAP’s ESIA application has been disclosed and discussed, TAP expects to receive approval of the ESIA and respective environmental permit from the Albanian government in the next few months.

 

ESIA Albania Table of contents [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Document Guide [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Application File for Environmental Permit [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 1 – Introduction [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 2 – Project Justification [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 1 – Route Alternatives Appraisal Indicators [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 3 – Legal Framework [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 2 – Albanian National Legal Framework [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 4 – Project Description [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 0 – Non-Technical Summary [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 3 – Project Description Figures and Maps [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 3.1 – General Overview Route Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 3.2 – General Overview Route Map - Albania [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 3.3 – Detailed Route and Logistic Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 3.4 – Technical Drawings – Construction Activities [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 3.5 – Technical Drawings – Layouts and Flow Diagrams [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 3.6 – Technical Drawings – Working Strip, Construction Methods and Crossings [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 5 – Baseline and Impact Assessment Methodology [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 5 – Baseline and Impact Assessment Methodolodgy [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.5 – Final Report Environmental Survey Albanian Landfall [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 4 – Baseline Maps and Photographic Reports [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 4.4 – Landscape Characterisation Photographic Report [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.1 – Onshore Physical Environment [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2 – Onshore Biological Environment [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1 – Terrestrial Ecology [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.1 – List of Terrestrial Flora [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.2 – List of Terrestrial Fauna [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.4 – List of Habitats - Flora [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.5 – List of Habitats - Fauna [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.6 – Field Data Sheets Flora [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.5 – List of Habitats - Fauna [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.8 – Field Data Sheets Large Carnivores [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.9 – Field Data Sheets Forestry [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.4 – Onshore Cultural Heritage [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 6 – Environmental, Socioeconomic and Cultural Heritage Baseline [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 4.1 – Environmental Field Survey Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 4.2 – Environmental Protected and Designated Areas Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 4.3 – Areas of Environmental Interest [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 4.5 – Socioeconomic Characteristics Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 9 – Environmental, Social and Cultural Heritage Management and Monitoring [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 4.6 – Cultural Heritage Field Survey Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6 – Baseline Data [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.1.3 – Medicinal and Aromatic Flora [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.2 – Aquatic Ecology [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.2.3 – Protected Areas System in Albania [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 6.3 – Onshore Social Environment [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 7 – Stakeholder Engagement [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 7 – Stakeholder Engagement Data [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 10 – HRIA Summary and Main Findings [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 11.1 – Environmental Protected and Designated Areas Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 11.2 – Environmental Field Survey Map [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 11.3 – Survey Data Sheets [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 11.4 – Sensitivity Criteria [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 9 - Sediment Dispersion Modelling [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 11 – Habitats Directive Assessment Report [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Section 8 – Assessment of Impacts and Mitigation Measures [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 8 – Impact Assessment Data [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 8.1 – Impact Assessment Data [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 8.2 – CS02 Noise Study ESIA [PDF]

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ESIA Albania Annex 8.3 – CS03 Noise Study ESIA [PDF]

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ESIA Application File Stakeholder Declaration – Annex E Phase 5 - ESIA Disclosure and Consultation Stakeholder Engagement Logs [PDF]

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