The 870 km Trans Adriatic Pipeline will be playing a major role in the European Union’s drive to secure future energy supply. The pipeline will transport natural gas from Azerbaijan to Southern Italy and further to Western Europe. Before construction starts, TAP must establish ‘right-of-way’ agreements with the thousands of landowners and householders who live in Greece, Albania and Italy. 

TAP AG will promote economic development and job creation along the pipeline route.. But before construction can start, TAP must establish ‘right-of-way’ agreements with the thousands of landowners and householders who live in Greece, Albania and Italy. With each country having its own cultural heritage and legislative system, this is an enormous and complex task. 

Royal HaskoningDHV is working with TAP AG to conduct the Land Easement and Acquisition (LEA) process in these transit countries. Our goal is to ensure that access to land is secured so TAP can start construction on schedule and ensure people affected are compensated according to international best practice standards such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) performance standards. 

Stakeholder engagement, planning and legal advice

We are assisting TAP AG in conducting stakeholder engagement, livelihood restoration planning, securing land access agreements with project affected people, securing right of way contracts and geo-data management. We have mobilised 200 employees, at various times, to conduct field activities,surveys and to reach agreements on compensation with affected people. Once the LEA process is concluded, we expect to have contacted between 30,000 to 50,000 people. 

Albert Haak, Land Easement and Acquisition Manager for TAP, said: “Our LEA activities are being conducted in a transparent manner in compliance with the highest international standards. TAP is committed to open dialogue and building trustful and lasting relationships with the communities living along the future pipeline route.

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