The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) successfully completed the first segment of its micro-tunnel in the Skrapari mountainous region, near Tirana, the capital of Albania back in April, 2018.
With Spiecapag , TAP’s contractor being at the helm, in conjunction with a boring machine managed by Bessac which was a subcontractor on the project, the boring machine finished digging the 1,800+ foot tunnel (560 meter) to complete this phase in line with the project schedule without any snags.
According to TAP AG, “the micro-tunnel is constructed using state-of-the-art technology, which ensures safety while minimizing impact on the environment. With the Eastern leg completed, the works on the Western segment of the micro-tunnel will now start. The micro-tunnel construction works are due to be finalized during the summer. The micro-tunnel in Çorovoda is comprised of the now completed 560-metre Eastern tunnel and a 600-metre Western section. The micro-tunnel will be 1.5 kilometres long, with a 1.8-metre diameter, and avoid any impact on the banks of the Osumi River and a newly constructed bypass road.”
So, for whatever reason, if you find yourself in Albania this summer, checkout Skrapari mountainous region to see the project. We think you will be impressed.See Source