The Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, the Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Mr. Damian Gjiknuri, the Deputy Minister of Education, Sport, and Youth, Mr. Shpati Kolgega, Mayor of Roskoveci, Mrs. Majlinda Bufi, TAP President, Walter Peeraer, TAP Managing Director Luca Schieppati, TAP Commercial and External Affairs Director, Mrs. Ulrike Andres, teacher and pupils attended the inauguration ceremony.
During the tour at the school premises the officials were informed by the school’s principal about the severe conditions of the school prior TAP investment. They visited the facilities and the grounds and saw in person the improved conditions that this schools offers now for the pupils.
Luca Schieppati, TAP Managing Director, noted in his opening remarks during the inauguration ceremony the importance that TAP places on education and creation of a better future: “All these investments by TAP have improved the functionality of the school facilities. I am very happy that we were able to create optimal conditions that will allow the number of students in this school to grow.”
The Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Mr. Damian Gjiknuri, expressed his appreciation on the environmental and social investments TAP has made in the country: "I would like to express my thanks to Trans Adriatic Pipeline Company for the collaboration, joint investments and projects in other areas, such as the development of gasification system across the country."
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, emphasized that: "This school and many other infrastructural works along the pipeline route come as a result of the collaboration of the Government with TAP. It is a pleasure for us to testify the results of these changes, yet we would like to do more than that."
The approximately 290 students of the “7 Dëshmorët” School will benefit from better conditions and higher safety standards. TAP and its shareholders are pleased to have provided an investment that has meant the complete renovation of the school facilities and grounds. A total of approximately 2,000 m2 of interior space was reconstructed and the classrooms were furnished accordingly. Now the students also have a school yard of 2,900 m2, which is transformed into a large recreational park with green areas and sports grounds.
Aiming at establishing new safety standards, TAP equipped the Struma School with a fire alarm system and emergency exit stairs.
The works for the renovation of the school were undertaken by two Albanian companies. Abkons, TAP’s contractor for social projects, managed the school renovation, while the B-93 Company undertook the works. Approximately 120 employees worked to transform the school.
The “7 Dëshmorët” School is the second school that TAP has completely renovated during 2017, within the framework of its social and environmental investments. “Thanas Ikonomi” school in the Grecalli was inaugurated in October 2017 while the works at the “Fuad Babani” School in Bilisht are nearing conclusion. In 2015, TAP reconstructed the sports facilities of the “Andon Profka” School in the Seman Village.
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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 reaching 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 the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will 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 approximately in early 2020.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).