TAP's construction process started in May 2016 and will last approximately three years. The construction of the pipeline, and its related facilities, will take place in stages / phases and will be influenced by weather conditions and in some cases, seasonal restrictions. Once built, the onshore pipeline itself will be buried at least one metre beneath the ground and therefore not visible for the entire route.
TAP will cross Albania’s mountainous area with the pipeline’s highest elevation point at 1,800m. Heavy machinery and equipment, such as 18-metre pipes weighing several tonnes, need to gain safe access to these remote areas. In the summer of 2015 TAP started building and reinforcing several roads and bridges along its route. This infrastructure will benefit local communities for decades to come.