In this phase of the programme TAP provided 19 four-wheel drive vehicles for forest and civil protection. Of these, 10 will support the operational needs of the forestry services under the jurisdiction of the Decentralised Administration of Macedonia and Thrace; 6 have already been delivered to the Decentralised Administration of Epirus and Western Macedonia; while TAP has already offered one vehicle each, to the Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, the Region of Central Macedonia, and the Municipality of Nea Zichni.
The goal of the programme implemented by TAP since the summer of 2017 is to contribute to the improvement of quality of life for people in Northern Greece, by upgrading the fleet of utility vehicles serving their communities. The 19 most recently delivered vehicles are added to the 17 garbage trucks, 32 ambulances and 15 multi-purpose vehicles that TAP has already handed over to local communities during the previous phases of DESTINATION, SAFETY; one of the most extensive social and environmental investment (SEI) projects implemented along the route of the pipeline.
Vassiliki Sotiropoulou, TAP Greece SEI Manager, noted: "We are very pleased with the implementation of DESTINATION, SAFETY, whose total value exceeds 10 million euro. Through this significant initiative we aim to enhance environmental management, healthcare and cleaning services, as well as contribute to road safety and protection for the people of the areas crossed by TAP. And we focus on concluding the implementation of the programme in the next few months, within 2020."
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
First gas deliveries to Europe via TAP are expected to start in 2020.
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 gas to the wider European markets.
TAP promotes economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it is also a major source of foreign direct investment.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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