TIRANA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has already completed half of its Albania onshore route works, TAP representatives here informed Tuesday.
"The TAP project implementation is well on track to kick off the offshore section as scheduled," they told local media while making an overview of works progress.
This means that construction of the TAP's offshore section will start in 2018.
TAP pipeline will bring gas from Azerbaijan fields to Europe while the first gas deliveries are expected to kick off early 2020.
The pipeline starts near Kipoi on the border of Turkey and Greece while its Albania onshore section traverses the cities of Korca in southeast, and Berat and Fier in central region, according to a press release issued by TAP.
The TAP is considered as the largest and most strategic foreign investment in Albania.
Albanian authorities expect the project to inject over 800 million euros in foreign direct investment in Albania while it is also foreseen to enable Albania's gasification.
According to the government, TAP will turn Albania into a focal point in terms of gas distribution and make it an important player in the gas market.