In cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Ministry of Interior and Civil Emergency Services, TAP managed to provide the fire extinguishers and uniforms within a short period of time. This equipment will enable firefighters to be more efficient in their fight against wildfires, as well as reduce the risks of heat exposure. The backpack fire extinguishers and the fire-retardant uniforms will be delivered to emergency services across Albania.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Civil Emergency Services, firefighters, State Police, Armed Forces, Forest Service, etc.
Country Manager for TAP Albania, Shkëlqim Bozgo, said: “Everyone working for TAP, just like any other Albanian citizen, is very concerned about wildfires, which have destroyed large forest areas, and, in some cases, have even put human lives in danger. In line with our agreement with the Albanian Government, which includes a social component, we did not hesitate to give our contribution for solving this situation. TAP staff was fully engaged for a quick provision of the required equipment and within two weeks we managed to deliver all the fire extinguishers and fire-retardant uniforms.”
The Deputy Minister of Interior Works, Stefan Çipa, expressed his gratitude to TAP for its prompt reaction on this emergency: “We thank TAP for answering positively to our request and delivering what was promised in a very short time. We are confident that the cooperation with TAP will continue in the future.”
The General Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Koli Bele, acknowledged the positive cooperation between TAP and the Albanian Government: “This is a good example of TAP’s social and environmental investments as part of the agreement with the Albanian Government. I am convinced that in the future TAP investments will be very visible, especially along the pipeline’s communities.”
Taking into consideration the high risk of fires during the summer season, TAP, in coordination with the Ministry of Energy and Industry, and the Ministry of Interior, will provide, in a second stage, fire engines and ambulances which can access mountainous areas.
A long-term investment in Albania, TAP is committed to building sustainable and long-term partnerships with local stakeholders. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline has in the past provided aid for overcoming several emergency situations in Albania. During the harsh winter of 2016-2017, which locked down many villages, TAP assisted more than 1,300 households by providing food packages and blankets.
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 878 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to some of the largest European markets such as Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria.
TAP will promote economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will also be a major source of foreign direct investment. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow around early 2020.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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