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The Second Round of TAP Internships Starts in Albania

The Second Round of TAP Internships Starts in Albania

6 July 2017

TAP has selected seven students to take part in the second round of the company’s internship programme in Albania. Between July and December 2017, the interns will have hands-on exposure to the project’s key departments and receive coaching by leading local and international experts in the energy industry. More than 200 students from over 20 Albanian universities applied for the programme.

TAP’s progress in Greece: Works Begin in Western Macedonia & Compressor Station

TAP’s progress in Greece: Works Begin in Western Macedonia & Compressor Station

6 July 2017

TAP's construction in Greece continues to progress on time, on track and on budget. Thanks to the efforts of the 3,100+ people working for the project, work is now underway in all three Northern Greek Prefectures to be traversed by the pipeline: Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Central Macedonia and –most recently– Western Macedonia, where construction commenced in Pirgoi at the Eordaia Municipality, in late June. In addition, the concrete foundation has been laid for the pipeline’s gas compressor station in Kipoi, Evros.

TAP starts the Land Exit Process in Albania

TAP starts the Land Exit Process in Albania

30 June 2017

TAP commenced the formal Land Exit process of the temporary leased land for the construction of the pipeline. A small ceremony was held on the 29th June with some of landowners to mark this key milestone. To date, more than 420 parcels have been returned to the landowners and Land Exit agreements have been signed.

TAP Announces New Management Team - Luca Schieppati appointed as new Managing Director & Walter Peeraer joins as President of TAP AG

TAP Announces New Management Team - Luca Schieppati appointed as new Managing Director & Walter Peeraer joins as President of TAP AG

27 June 2017

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) announced today the appointment of Luca Schieppati as Managing Director and Walter Peeraer as President, both starting on 27th June 2017. Luca Schieppati will replace the current Managing Director Ian Bradshaw.

TAP invests €9 Million to Upgrade Fleet of Utility Vehicles in Northern Greece

TAP invests €9 Million to Upgrade Fleet of Utility Vehicles in Northern Greece

21 June 2017

TAP will donate 92 utility vehicles to local communities in all three Northern Greek prefectures traversed by the pipeline. The initiative is designed in close collaboration with the Hellenic Government and the competent ministries. The investment amounts to €9 million, committed for the purchase of 33 ambulances, 22 garbage trucks, 17 forestry vehicles, 14 snowploughs and 6 civil protection vehicles.

TAP Completes the Shipment of Pipes to Albania

TAP Completes the Shipment of Pipes to Albania

20 June 2017

On 16 June, the last shipment of steel line pipes for building the Albanian onshore section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline was offloaded in the port of Durrës. Approximately 13,000 pipes, bends, and various equipment and machinery weighing more than 200,000 tonnes have been delivered to Durrës since April 2016. The last pipe shipment to Albania marks another important milestone towards the completion of the pipeline project.

TAP’s Construction in Greece Progresses with more than 3,000 People

TAP’s Construction in Greece Progresses with more than 3,000 People

8 June 2017

Thanks to the efforts of the 3,000+ people working for the project, 13 months after the Inauguration Ceremony, works have significantly progressed in two of the three Northern Greek Prefectures to be traversed by the pipeline. As of end-May 2017, out of the ca. 550 km of pipeline in total to be built on Greek soil, TAP’s contractors have already cleared and graded almost 300 km of the route; strung 272 km of pipeline; and welded ca. 250 km of the mainline.

400,000 Euro for Projects in Lecce

400,000 Euro for Projects in Lecce

6 June 2017

TAP Italy launched the second edition of the TAP Start community investment programme. The total budget allocated is 400.000 euro, twice the amount committed in 2016. All non-profit associations in the Province of Lecce can participate. The call for projects is open between 1 June and 31 August 2017. All the relevant information and the submission documentation are available at the dedicated website: www.tapstart.it

Better View and Safer Access for Tourists to the Osumi Canyon

Better View and Safer Access for Tourists to the Osumi Canyon

5 June 2017

On 1 June, the Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF) and TAP inaugurated two viewing platforms over the Osumi canyon. The investment amounts to 132.000 € and will allow tourists visiting the Skrapar area to have a bird’s-eye view over the canyon, and above all, safe access. It is expected that the two panoramic structures will be visited by over 15,000 tourists every year. Construction works started in October 2016 and approximately 100 people were employed in the process.

TAP Supports Soil Studies and Financial Management Training

TAP Supports Soil Studies and Financial Management Training

2 June 2017

In the context of its Livelihood Assistance and Transitional Support (LATS) programme, TAP AG is implementing the first two initiatives for its host municipalities in Northern Greece, conducting soil studies and offering focused financial management training. Having paid in full compensations for the land easement and acquisition in Greece, the project continues to support households affected by the construction of the pipeline, with actions aiming to enhance their existing standards of living.

TAP Celebrates 1st year of Construction

TAP Celebrates 1st year of Construction

16 May 2017

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary since construction started on TAP, one of Europe’s largest and most strategic natural gas infrastructure projects. Activity in each of the three host countries is on time, on track and on budget. TAP’s contractors cleared approx. 49% of the project route in Greece and Albania (371km out of 765km). Also, 22.6% of welded steel pipes are already in the ground.

TAP Presents its Progress to 50+ Embassies in Greece

TAP Presents its Progress to 50+ Embassies in Greece

4 May 2017

On 4 May 2017, TAP co-hosted a breakfast meeting with H.E. the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Greece and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Athens, Rahman Mustafayev, so as to inform the Embassies located in Greece about the progress of the TAP project. The event was attended by representatives of more than 50 Embassies, as well as delegates from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

TAP’s Progress in Greece: First Hydrotest Completed

TAP’s Progress in Greece: First Hydrotest Completed

3 May 2017

TAP successfully completed its first hydrotest, a method for verifying a pipeline’s safety. The hydrotest was applied to the pipeline’s first 1.4 km of the Greek section. Commenting on the first hydrostatic testing of the pipeline, TAP’s Country Manager for Greece, Rikard Scoufias hailed it as a big step that marks yet another important milestone in the construction process, as the project advances according to schedule.

TAP’s Progress in Greece is in Line with Project’s Schedule

TAP’s Progress in Greece is in Line with Project’s Schedule

11 April 2017

Ten months after the Inauguration Ceremony held in May 2016, construction has significantly progressed in two of the three Northern Greek Prefectures to be traversed by the pipeline: Eastern Macedonia-Thrace and Central Macedonia. As of end-March 2017, out of the ca. 550 km of pipeline in total to be built on Greek soil, TAP’s contractors have already: cleared and graded 260 km of the project’s route (RoW); strung 217 km of pipeline; and welded 184 km of the mainline.

TAP Italy Q&A re: Olive Tree Removal

TAP Italy Q&A re: Olive Tree Removal

27 March 2017

To avoid any impact on the San Foca beach, TAP is building a 1.5km micro-tunnel. This state-of-the-art engineering minimises environmental impact and renders the pipeline invisible. To start building the micro-tunnel – at a site approximately 800m inland from the beach – TAP, as a first step, needs to move and store 231 olive trees, which will later be replanted at the same location.

Several Ambassadors Visit Albania TAP Site

Several Ambassadors Visit Albania TAP Site

7 March 2017

Five months after marking the start of construction of TAP in Albania, on 7 March, eleven Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives resident in Albania visited the TAP project works currently underway in Ura Vajgurore, in the Berat region. TAP representatives provided a progress overview as well as an outline of some of the activities TAP will be carrying out throughout 2017.

Over 25,000 Students Attended TAP’s Road Safety Seminars

Over 25,000 Students Attended TAP’s Road Safety Seminars

2 March 2017

Greece. The Road Safety Seminars programme, an initiative sponsored by the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP AG) since May 2016, has been successfully concluded. The seminars were delivered by 36 competent instructors and were overall attended by more than 25,000 children and teenagers and 56 educators from 142 elementary schools and 60 high-schools in 66 and 31 communities, respectively.

TAP Completes First Phase of Access Roads and Bridges Rehabilitation in Albania

TAP Completes First Phase of Access Roads and Bridges Rehabilitation in Albania

12 January 2017

At the end of 2016, TAP completed the first phase of road infrastructure rehabilitation in Albania, comprising the upgrade of approximately 58km of access roads, construction of two new bridges and refurbishment of 40 bridges. Works lasted one year and a half and were conducted by the joint venture formed by Gener 2 Sh.p.K and Sicilsaldo S.p.A.