Trans-Adriatic Natural Gas Pipeline Nearly Complete

Photo by AMNA

Katerina Papalexandri, the manager of the Greek section of the new pipeline, announced on Monday that the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline is nearly complete.

Speaking with the state-run AMNA news agency, Papalexandri said that the excavations to lay the pipe are “100 percent” complete. She added that 500 kilometers of the pipeline have now been built and covered, and the total length of the project is 550 kilometers.

The remaining work is now focused on restoring the ground above the pipeline.

Map showing portion of the route of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

Beginning at Greece’s borders with Turkey, traversing northern Greece and Albania and ending in Italy, the new pipeline is designed to transfer natural gas from Azerbaijan to the countries of the EU.

The construction of the submarine section which links Albania with Italy began at the end of 2018, under the seabed of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas.

There are also plans to connect FYROM with the pipeline, and a study has already been completed for that portion of the project. An official bilateral agreement between Athens and Skopje must be drawn up and signed, and a market test must also be completed as well.

An investment decision to be made by Greece’s natural gas provider DESFA is one of the the last obstacles which remain before any gas can begin flowing from the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline to FYROM.