Purpose of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
The project involves co-financing, with EIB, of (i) the construction of a 22km bypass in the city of Fier, and (ii) the construction of a 29km bypass in the city of Vlore in south-western Albania. The bypasses are key sections of the national road network in Albania and will connect important roads previously co-financed by the EBRD and EIB (the Levan-Tepelene and Levan-Vlore roads). The bypasses will help improve the regional integration, facilitate trade and economic growth, reduce congestion in the cities of Fier and Vlore alongside supporting tourism development in southern Albania.
The Fier Bypass component has been approved by the EBRD Board on 22 November 2011. The Vlore Bypass component is scheduled to be presented to the EBRD Board on 29 October 2013.
The Italian Government and the European Commission (EC) have provided grant funds for the preparation of the detailed design and works supervision. The works will be co-financed with EIB and EC IPA grants.
The Client is the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (“MPWT”) which has the overall responsibility for the organisation and management of the transport sector in Albania.
The Executing Agency is the Albanian Road Authority (“ARA”) within MPWT. ARA is an autonomous roads agency, outside of the Government of Albania, established following the transformation of the General Roads Directorate. ARA is a public enterprise run on commercial principles, with maintenance contracted out to the private sector.
Transition impact of the project stems from the Preparation of a National Sustainable Transport Study, Implementation of MIS within ARA, use of performance based maintenance contracts.
There is a project summary document available for this project.
Vlora Bypass (Disclosure date: 20 June 2013)
Full ESIA availability
Full ESIA documentation is available locally at:
EBRD Headquarters in London, firstname.lastname@example.org
Albanian Road Authority,
Sami Frasheri st. no 33,
Attn: Diana Gumeni, Project Manager, Environmental Department Tel: +355 4 2431226
For the Fier Bypass ESIA:
Fier Regional Office of ARA
Attn. Lefterie Sula, Specialist
Tel: +355 69 6632577
For the Vlore Bypass ESIA:
Vlore Regional Office of ARA
Attn. Geron Gunbardhi, Director
Tel: +355 3323 7932
EBRD Resident Office
Abdi Toptani st,
4th Floor Tirana,
Environmental or social enquiries:
General Roads Directorate,
Sami Frasheri no 33, Tirana, Albania,
Attn: Elfiori Zotaj, Environmental Specialist,
Tel: +355 4 2233 711
This document was prepared at an early stage of project development, before consideration by the EBRD Board of Directors. Details of a project may change following disclosure.
Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and ESIA summaries are produced by project sponsors, and the EBRD makes them available without any comment or implied endorsement. Any views expressed or statements made in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment or the ESIA Summary do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the EBRD.
Last updated 25 June 2014