TIRANA, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Albanian government is working to realize the Ionian Adriatic Pipeline gas project, saying Friday it was seeking the support of European Union (EU) and United States to take the project forward.
IAP is a proposed natural gas pipeline in southeastern Europe that will stretch from Fier in central Albania, through Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Split, Croatia. It will then be connected with the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) which is currently being constructed in Albania, Greece and Italy in order to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.
Albanian energy minister Damian Gjiknuri said Friday that Albania had completed drafting a gas plan for the country, and had built good cooperation with both the energy community and the countries to be involved in the project.
Gjiknuri told reporters Albania was "confident that this project will also be supported by the European Union and United States."
This was the fourth management meeting for the IAP project and it was attended by many representatives of national and international institutions, donors, and field experts.
The IAP will deliver Azerbaijani gas to several countries in southeastern Europe. The pipeline's capacity will amount to five billion cubic meters of gas per year.