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TAP Inaugurates the 9th School in Albania

16 September 2019

Berat, Albania. On 16 September 2019, on the first day of school, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Municipality of Berat inaugurated a brand-new school in Uznova. The €540,000 investment, part of TAP’s Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme in Albania, benefits more than 330 pupils attending the school.


Ervin Demo, the Mayor of Berat; Lindita Penxho, School Principal; TAP Albania representatives; and school staff welcomed students to the new facility and wished them a successful school year.

The “Xhemal Çekini” school has been built from scratch and now provides modern conditions and a safer environment for students and staff. The new school is organised on two floors and has 19 classrooms, two laboratories and one library. The school’s yard was rearranged and a basketball court, a playground and a recreational area have been added. In addition, the school has a central heating system, thermal insulation, modern toilets, new furniture, a fire protection system and emergency stairs.

Ervin Demo, the Mayor of Berat, said: “The most effective investment for the future is in education. TAP is a very good example of social responsibility which should be followed by other companies when investing in local communities. The high standards applied to this school will be followed for other schools as well.”

Diana Sinojmeri, TAP Stakeholder Manager, said: “Well begun is half done. The new school inaugurated today should be a motivation for you all to become even better students and better citizens. We believe that a brighter future is fuelled by proper education. That is why TAP has invested in improving schools and kindergartens along our project route in Albania. I am happy to be here, and, on behalf of TAP, I wish you a successful school-year.”

TAP’s SEI contractor Abkons managed the project’s implementation, while B-93 carried out the construction of the new school and its facilities. Approximately 110 people were employed in the process, which began in August 2018.

To date, TAP has invested over €3 million in rehabilitating 11 schools and kindergartens in Albania, projects which benefit approximately 5,000 children.

TAP remains committed to improving the quality of life of local communities, with a particular emphasis on school rehabilitation, in cooperation with both the central and local governments.




About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 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. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to the wider European market.

TAP promotes economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it is also a major source of foreign direct investment. With first gas to Georgia and Turkey now being delivered, first deliveries to Europe will follow in 2020.

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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