TAP Launches Offshore Construction Works in Albania | Preparations Start for Offshore Pipe Installation at Albanian Landfall
19 October 2018
On 19 October 2018, TAP marked the start of construction works for the 105km offshore pipeline section. The physical offshore pipeline installation is planned to be carried out in 2019, as per TAP’s schedule.The milestone was celebrated in a ceremony attended by Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Albania, Damian Gjiknuri, the Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Armando Subashi, the Mayor of Fier, as well as TAP’s Management.
17 September 2018
TAP has completed another investment as part of its Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) initiatives to support the improvement of the school infrastructure along the pipeline route in Albania. TAP’s investment for the Pobrat school in the Municipality of Ura Vajgurore was approximately 170,000 Euro.
10 September 2018
Archaeological remnants of human activity in Western Macedonia from the Neolithic to the post-Byzantine period have been brought to light in archaeological excavations, carried out in the context of construction works for the TAP. The work has been undertaken by archaeologists employed in the area by the project and monitored by the local Ephorates of Antiquities (of Kozani, Florina and Kastoria), as well as the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
7 August 2018
TAP launches its consultation process on its draft TAP Network Code (TNC). The TNC sets out the principles and rules which will govern the access, use and operation of the TAP pipeline. It is also a requirement that forms part of the European Commission’s decision on the exemption of TAP from the EU’s Third Gas Directive in relation to third party access, tariff regulation and ownership unbundling (Articles 9, 32, 41(6), 41(8) and 41(10)).
18 July 2018
By the end of April 2018, TAP had donated more than 16,000 seedlings and approximately 57,000 kilograms of fertilizer to farmers affected by the construction of the TAP pipeline. The provision of farm inputs and replacement fruit tree seedlings is part of TAP’s Livelihood Assistance and Transitional Support (LATS) programme. When completed, the LATS programme will have distributed 222 tonnes of fertilizers and 70,000 seedlings.
16 July 2018
Overall, 373 beneficiaries –mainly farmers and stock-breeders– attended various specialised courses between January and June 2018. In total, the scientists of the American Farm School delivered close to 1,000 hours of education and training across Northern Greece.
9 July 2018
Archaeological remnants of human activity in Central Macedonia from the Prehistoric to the Byzantine period have been brought to light in archaeological excavations, carried out in the context of construction works for TAP. The work has been undertaken by archaeologists, who are employed in the area by the TAP project and monitored by the local Ephorates of Antiquities (of Thessaloniki, Kilkis and Serres), as well as the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
20 June 2018
On 13 June, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) together with its contractor Spiecapag donated medical equipment to the emergency response team of the Hospital of Çorovoda, Albania. Thanks to this contribution, the medical team can offer better services to Skrapari residents.
12 June 2018
The TAP and its contractor embark on the construction or reconstruction of a series of playgrounds in Northern Greece, starting off with 33 playgrounds in the Municipalities of Komotini (Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace), and Chalkidona (Region of Central Macedonia). The first batch of playgrounds are expected to be delivered by the end of the summer to the two Municipalities, whose combined population exceeds 100,000 residents.
11 June 2018
On 8 June, TAP marked the successful installation of all three turbo compressors at its compressor station in Fier, Albania. The turbo compressors are effectively the “beating heart” of the compressor station and will play a key role in ensuring gas transportation through the pipeline system. The construction progress of the Fier compressor station is over 30% complete and more than 210 people work there, 70% of whom are locally employed.
Reforestation in Northern Greece with 400.000 trees & shrubs | Full replacement and reinstatement of the forest area used
29 May 2018
ΤΑΡ AG will plant ca. 400,000 trees and shrubs, in the context of its reforestation initiative already taking place across the three Northern Greek regions crossed by the pipeline. This includes poplar (ca. 18,700 items); black, Scots and Calabrian pine (210,000, 13,400 and 56,000 items, respectively); cypress (18,000), as well as approximately 75,000 broad-leaved and 7,400 oleander shrubs.
21 May 2018
TAP provided €600,000 to completely renovate the “Fuad Babani” High School in Bilisht, Albania. The initiative is part of TAP’s Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme, improving the studying conditions for approximately 800 students. Committed to the highest safety standards, TAP also equipped the Bilisht High School with a fire alarm system and emergency exit stairs.
2 May 2018
TAP has launched its pre-qualification process for the engineering, procurement, installation and management (EPIM) of telecommunications and security systems. These elements will create a global network connecting the different pipeline technologies in TAP’s host countries, including the fibre optic network, the data centres in Italy and Switzerland, the compressor stations in Greece and Albania, etc.
27 April 2018
In April 2018, TAP's environmental management system, that covers all pipeline construction activities in Italy, Albania and Greece as well as TAP corporate activities, has been certified according to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001:2015 standard. Obtaining this certification is an assurance that TAP has in place industry best practice environmental processes and documentation.
26 April 2018
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline completed the reconstruction of the Mbrostar water supply system in the Municipality of Fier. The new water supply system – an investment amounting to approximately €556,500 – now serves more than 10,000 residents in six villages in this region.
29 March 2018
On 29 March 2018, representatives of TAP and the Municipality of Berati visited the Berati City Library, which TAP furnished and equipped with a modern fire protection system. The investment, amounting to approx. €121,000, will benefit over 100,000 people. In the framework of TAP’s Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme, the three reading rooms and the archive of the “Vexhi Buharaha” Library now have completely new furniture. TAP also donated 400 books.
23 March 2018
Thrace, Greece. Archaeological remnants of human activity in Thrace from the Neolithic (4th millennium BC) to the post-Byzantine period have been brought to light from archaeological excavations, carried out in the context of construction works for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG. This is supported by the findings of archaeologists who are employed in the area by the project and monitored by the local Ephorates of Antiquities (of Evros, Rhodope and Xanthi), as well as the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
19 March 2018
On 7 March 2018, TAP donated 1,000 cypress trees to the Municipality of Tirana to be planted in the capital’s Artificial Lake Park. The initiative aims to increase urban green space as well as enhance the quality of life of people living in the capital. This is the largest number of cypress trees that a company has ever donated to the Tirana city.
21 February 2018
TAP launches HO.MA., a free master course in International Hospitality Management, organised in partnership with the European Association for Services and Training (SESEF). The initiative is part of TAP’s social and environmental investment (SEI) programme in Italy and amounts to approximately €365,000. In total, TAP offers 35 scholarships, which entirely cover fees, accommodation, food as well as relocation costs.
19 February 2018
TAP launched its third round of internships, opened to all students who are interested in gaining working experience in one of the most important and dynamic energy projects in Europe. The internship programme aims to support students’ career goals and help them succeed beyond the uni-versity auditoriums. More than 70% of the students who took part in TAP’s internships programme are currently employed.
15 February 2018
Baar, Switzerland. TAP is now two thirds completed. This includes all engineering, procurement and construction scope, announced TAP Managing Director Luca Schieppati at the 4th Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council in Baku, Azerbaijan. TAP’s President Walter Peeraer said: “In parallel with construction activities, we are also focusing on commercial and operational readiness, ensuring that TAP will provide the best services and flexibility to its customers.”
14 February 2018
Çorovoda, Albania. On 12 February 2018, TAP organised a ceremony to mark the start of works for the 1.5-kilometre micro-tunnel, which will connect the east and the west segments of the pipeline in Albania. Skrapar’s landscape poses many challenges to the pipeline construction. The micro-tunnel will enable the pipeline to bypass the Osumi River and a new road. It is the safest and most environmentally friendly option for crossing this challenging mountainous segment.
22 January 2018
Thessaloniki, Greece. On 22 January 2018, the National Emergency Aid Centre (EKAV) and TAP held an event for the delivery of 20 new ambulances. This is the second phase of the total sponsorship of 33 ambulances (as 2 have already been delivered to the Kilkis Hospital), offered by TAP to EKAV in the context of the transregional programme DESTINATION, SAFETY | Donation of Utility Vehicles that TAP is implementing in Northern Greece.
12 January 2018
On 11 January 2018, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Raiffeisen Bank donated to the Municipality of Tirana 36 VIENNA benches, a gift from both companies for the “Skënderbej” square. The delivery of benches was witnessed by the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, TAP’s Commercial and External Affairs Director and Albania Country Manager, Ulrike Andres, the General Director of Raiffeisen Bank in Albania, Christian Canacaris, and the Austrian Ambassador to Albania, Johann Sattler.