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Joining forces in Albania As key partner for pipeline contractor Spiecapag, A.Hak assists in the construction of a 215 km gas transport pipeline in Albania, as part of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). The work in mountainous area is progressing well. Over 85 km of the pipeline has already been constructed. More than a year ago, we announced the involvement of A.Hak in the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). This gas transport pipeline begins at the Turkish-Greek border, where it joins the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). From there it goes onshore to the coast of Albania, to continue to the Adriatic coast in Italy with an offshore pipeline. SWIFTLY AND SAFELY

Together with Spiecapag, A.Hak International constructs the Albanian segment of the 48" pipeline. This part of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline is 215 km long, about a quarter of the total length of 878 km. Based on kilometres, this project is the largest international project currently being carried out by A.Hak International. The work is progressing well. After one year of construction of this megaproject, the TAP organization announced that 22% of the pipes in Greece and Albania are constructed. In Albania the percentage is even higher. About 85 of the 215 km has already been constructed, including two horizontal directional drillings. TAP further states that the number of incidents involving

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lost-time incidents or LTIs remains far below international standards. BLASTING AND CABLE CRANES

These safety statistics are good for Spiecapag and A.Hak. The two companies complement each other and have worked together for many years in France for client GRTgaz. Their joint experience was one of the drivers for the decision to join forces in Albania as well. In addition, A.Hak already has a track-record in this country. We constructed oil pipelines in Fier and renovated the ­drinking water network of the city of Vlorë. Work on the TAP pipeline is not without challenges. The route comprises a large number of river crossings as well as mountainous terrain with steep slopes of up to 30%. Therefore, later in the project, cable cranes will be used to transport the pipe segments to higher altitudes. Because the surface is rock in many places, blasting will be required. INFRASTRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS

The Albanian infrastructure is not always suitable for transporting pipe segments and heavy equipment. Prior to the work, the client has already improved many roads, and strengthened or rebuilt bridges. During the work, Spiecapag with key partner A.Hak ­International will make another 120 km of access routes suitable for transportation. The local population benefits from these ­efforts. The construction works on the ­pipeline is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

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A.Hak Magazine #16 Summer 2017  

A.Hak Magazine is a publication for employees, customers and partners of A.Hak, the Dutch specialist in the field of design, construction an...

A.Hak Magazine #16 Summer 2017  

A.Hak Magazine is a publication for employees, customers and partners of A.Hak, the Dutch specialist in the field of design, construction an...

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