Greece Ratifies Host Government Agreement With Trans Adriatic Pipeline

January 2014, Vol. 241 No. 1

The Greek Parliament has ratified the Host Government Agreement (HGA) it signed with the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) last year.

The HGA sets out the framework by which the project will be realized and operated on Greek territory. This includes processes related to land easement and acquisition, the implementation of technical, safety, environmental and social standards and permitting.

During construction, TAP is anticipated to create some 2,000 direct, and up to 10,000 indirect, new jobs across several industries including manufacturing and utilities, transport, communications and financial and business services.

The longest section of the TAP pipeline will be in Greece. The pipeline will start at Kipoi at the Turkish-Greek border, and will cover some 342 miles entering Albania northwest of Dipotamia. The project will support Greece’s ambition of becoming an important ‘Energy Highway’ The planned interconnection points and reverse flow capability of TAP will also support security of supply for neighboring countries.

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