5 December 2017
On 5 December 2017, the Municipality of Serres and TAP inaugurated the fully renovated (former) Dorilaiou Street, at the city’s central square. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a stroll on the new pedestrian walkway and a ride on the new Dorilaiou Street bike road. The investment included: paving the street, creating a two-way paved bike road, creating a tactile paving for the visually impaired, installing a lighting network and lighting posts, installing outdoor benches and two fountains with potable water.
20 November 2017
The renovation of the “7 Dëshmorët” School, an investment of Euro 567,000, is part of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline’s Social and Environmental Investments in Albania. The works comprised the complete renovation of the building, equipment of the classrooms with the necessary academic materials, and the improvement of the school grounds.
13 November 2017
Video that showcases the implementation of a number of initiatives and the measures TAP is taking to avoid impacts on the natural environment in which it is working.
2 November 2017
TAP has selected PSI Software AG as the provider of the Commercial Dis-patching Software (CDS). The PSI software will enable TAP to perform its commercial dispatching activities for the transport of natural gas. The CDS supports TAP’s business processes, which include managing transportation contracts, nominations, matching and balancing positions, allocations, and ensuring smooth communication between TAP, its shippers and the adjacent Transmission System Operators (TSOs).
31 October 2017
On 31 October, TAP presented its agricultural initiative "Thriving Land | Supporting Agri-food Education," to be implemented in all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by the pipeline. As part of the initiative, TAP will invest ca. €1 million in educational and applied biotechnological activities, aiming at supporting the cultivation, marketing, and sale of distinct agri-food products or varieties locally produced in areas across the route of the pipeline. These include: honey and apicultural products, olives and olive oil, medicinal and aromatic plants, beans, fruit trees, petimezi, peppers, and animal products (from goats, sheep and cattle).
16 October 2017
On 10 October 2017, the last shipment of steel line-pipes for the construction of TAP arrived in Thessaloniki, Greece, marking the completion and final delivery of all line-pipes to TAP’s host countries. The transport of 55,000 TAP pipes and bends was completed in approximately one year and a half. Approximately 55,000 pipes are used to build TAP (32,000 in Greece; 13,000 in Albania; 9,150 offshore and 670 in Italy). The weight of all pipes amounts to 520,000 tonnes: or approximately 71 Eiffel towers.
9 October 2017
TAP's construction progress was presented by TAP’s Country Manager for Greece, Katerina Papalexandri, at the 2nd Thessaloniki Summit held on 5-6 October at the Ioannis Vellidis Congress Centre. In the context of "The new energy map in the region" panel, Katerina Papalexandri noted the importance of the project for Greece, the wider area of Southeast Europe, as well as the continent as a whole. She also referred to the steady progress –well within schedule and on track– of works in all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by the pipeline.
6 October 2017
TAP announced today that Shkelqim Bozgo, Country Manager for TAP AG, following nearly four years at the helm of TAP’s Albania Country Office, has left the Company today. Luca Schieppati, Managing Director at TAP, commented: “I would like to thank Shkelqim for his great contribution to TAP during his tenure here and particularly, for building up the TAP Albania Country Office into what it is today. With more than 2,000 people currently working on the TAP project in Albania, TAP will continue to contribute to building and supporting the development of Albania’s gas market."
5 October 2017
On 5 October 2017, TAP was pleased to take part in the inauguration ceremony to celebrate the renovation of the “Thanas Ikonomi” school in the Grecalli village, Fier. TAP invested over €340,000, as part of its Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme in Albania. Works included completely renovating the building infrastructure, including all facilities and classrooms.
22 September 2017
On 21 September, TAP AG presented its €1 million initiative for funding Master’s programmes in the energy sector, offered by the University and the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Western Macedonia – the Prefecture’s two tertiary education institutions. The investment is implemented in the context of the collaboration between TAP and the Bodossaki Foundation. As part of this initiative, TAP subsidises 50% of tuition fees over 5 years for 90 students/year who will attend the Master programmes.
15 September 2017
Ricardo joins TAP with almost 20 years of experience in the management, development and implementation of operational strategies, working for various Enagás facilities throughout his career. He joins TAP from Compañia Operadora de gas del Amazonas in Peru, where he worked as Chief Operations Officer since 2015.
TAP and the Bodossaki Foundation Join Forces to Implement Social and Environmental Initiatives in Greece
14 September 2017
TAP and the Bodossaki Foundation announce the beginning of their collaboration to identify, prepare, implement and monitor social and environmental initiatives (SEI) in Greece. The Bodossaki Foundation is one the most significant public-benefit organisations in Greece. It brings to the partnership extensive experience and many years of expertise in planning, assessing, implementing and monitoring social, educational and environmental activities.
7 September 2017
TAP is now more than 50% completed, nearly 16 months after construction began. This includes all engineering, procurement and construction scope. As of early-September 2017, TAP’s contractors have cleared approx. 70% of the project route in Greece and Albania (539km out of 765km). Also, over 45% of welded steel pipes are already in the ground (backfilled). Approximately 95% of the total 55,000 pipes to be used for the construction of the pipeline have been received in Greece, Albania and Italy. The last shipment of offshore line pipes has been offloaded in Brindisi, Italy, between 3 and 6 September 2017.
30 August 2017
In a ceremony organised on 29 August 2017 at the Ministry of Interior, TAP delivered 600 personal backpack fire extinguishers and 100 fire-retardant uniforms to the Albanian authorities. This equipment will enable emergency services to cope with wildfire situations across the country. In a second stage, will provide fire engines and ambulances which can access mountainous areas.
29 August 2017
The initiative falls under the “Regeneration Projects for Developing Local Infrastructures” programme, which is part of the Social and Environmental Investments (SEI) worth €32 million overall, voluntarily implemented by TAP in three regions of Northern Greece crossed by the pipeline. The project includes: paving of the street, as well as the walkways leading to an existing pond, creating a dual paved bike road, creating a tactile paving for visually impaired people, installation of a lighting network and lighting posts, installation of outdoor benches as well as two fountains of potable water.
26 July 2017
TAP announced the appointment of Katerina Papalexandri as its new Greece Country Manager as of 1st September 2017. Katerina replaces the current Country Manager, Rikard Scoufias. Papalexandri brings almost 20 years of experience in the energy industry with her expertise being in gas markets and projects, commercial negotiations and stakeholder management. She joins TAP from BP in London, where she has held numerous senior positions throughout her career since she joined the company in 1998.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.