Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR is considering various forms of participation in Albania’s gasification, head of SOCAR Balkan Murad Heydarov told Trend.
"Albanian government has approved the results of the feasibility study of the master plan for this country’s gasification. The process of contractor selection will begin soon. SOCAR Balkan is considering different forms of participation in this process," he said.
Heydarov added that at the same time, the company plans to carry out a detailed engineering design of the pipeline between the cities of Fier (Trans Adriatic Pipeline compressor Station (TAP) in Albania) and Vlora.
Further, speaking about the work under the letter of intent signed with the Albanian company Albgaz on providing engineering design services, he noted that the timing of this work was changed at the request of Albgaz due to the need to first select a contractor for the construction of this pipeline.
SOCAR Balkans and Albania’s Albgaz company signed a letter of intent in February 2018 on providing engineering design services in Albania.
A gas pipeline will be built between the Albanian cities of Fier and Vlora in order to ensure gas supply to Albania as part of the Southern Gas Corridor project.
The Pre-FEED (preliminary front end engineering design) of this pipeline will be carried out by SOCAR Balkans.
A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in developing a master plan for Albania’s gasification was signed between Baku and Tirana in December 2014.
Albania is one of the European countries that will receive Azerbaijani gas via the Southern Gas Corridor.
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