(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, APRIL 26 - The Trans Adriatic Pipeline
(TAP) project to connect Europe with Azerbaijan's gas supplies
would invest 1.5 billion euros in Greece. ''The building of the
gas pipeline should directly create 2,000 jobs and an estimated
almost 11,000 indirect ones in the country,'' said Michael
Hoffmann, head of TAP's external relations who is in Brussels
today for a number of meetings with European institutions and
embassies of the countries involved in the project.
Currently TAP is the only ''Mediterranean'' project still in the
running for getting the Shah Deniz supplies from the Caspian
Sea, the so-called Southern Gas Corridor, and by going through
Albania to Italy it aims to become the route for supplies also
used by emerging markets in the Western Balkans. Hoffmann said
that ''it is important that the gas also gets to the Ionian
Adriatic Pipeline (IAP). Ours is the only project which includes
the countries of the Western Balkans'', already candidates for
EU membership or possibly to become so in the future. The latter
is an aspect which takes on importance in view of a future
enlargement of the EU compared with the rival Nabucco project,
which instead involves Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria.
TAP's maximum capacity is 10 billion cubic metres, with the
possibility to invert the flow of gas from West to East up to 8
billion cubic metres. (ANSAmed).