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2014 TAP stories

Every day TAP and its contractors engage with hundreds of local communities along the pipeline route in Greece, Albania and Italy. We would like to share some reports about our field work and tell you about our encounters with people we meet. 

 

Reinforcing Support for TAP and the Southern Gas Corridor

Reinforcing Support for TAP and the Southern Gas Corridor

22 December 2014

Brussels events host some of the most effervescent debates around Europe’s challenging issues. On 9th December 2014, consensus was unanimous. European leaders and senior industry representatives alike reiterated their support for the realisation of the Southern Gas Corridor and its European leg, TAP.

Energy - the Challenge of the Future

Energy - the Challenge of the Future

10 November 2014

The Energy Fair, “Energy, the challenge of the future” was organized in Tirana from 7 to 9 November 2014 by the “TIRANA EXPO” Center in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry. The aim of the event was the further development of the energy sector and assisting energy sector stakeholders to exchange experiences and opportunities regarding the further development of the sector.

TAP launches its first Supplier Networking Event in Albania

TAP launches its first Supplier Networking Event in Albania

23 October 2014

On 14 October, 2014 the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tirana and the Albanian Association of Constructors co-hosted a networking event with potential contractors and sub-contractors, in Hotel Rogner Tirana.

TAP Sponsors National Orchestra of Thessaloniki Concert

TAP Sponsors National Orchestra of Thessaloniki Concert

30 September 2014

TAP joined Thessaloniki in bidding farewell to Summer under a dazzling display of music and laser-lights as it helped sponsor the National Orchestra of Thessaloniki’s Annual Concert in the city’s beautiful Aristotle Square, on September 15, as part of its CSR program.

Gemisti, Greek-Turkish border

Gemisti, Greek-Turkish border

23 June 2014

Ms Evangelia remembers the last time a major pipeline project went near her village overlooking the border in 2005. Workers would frequent her traditional café between shifts and listen to music on her old-time jukebox. For Gemisti, that Greece-Turkey Interconnector meant jobs, prestige, and new friends.

Kleisoura, Greece

Kleisoura, Greece

23 June 2014

Ms Georgia is an experienced journalist in Athens, working for the Action 24 TV channel. Her family and relatives live in Kleisoura, a village near the last major Greek town before TAP crosses the Greek-Albanian border. Ms Georgia has followed the project’s progress for years and is aware of its benefits as well as its challenges. So when concerns started to be raised at the local community level about possible health, safety and livelihood issues associated with the project, she did what comes naturally to a professional reporter and contacted TAP to ask the questions that had been brought to her attention.

Verga, Greece

Verga, Greece

23 June 2014

Mr Panagiotis has cultivated grapes in the verdant valley of Verga in northwest Greece for years. He plans to build a winery to sell his local produce and to leave his business to his family. So when he heard that TAP would dissect his vineyard, he was understandably concerned, fearing that this could mean an end to his long-term plans. But, despite calls from neighbours to escalate the issue, raise black flags and plan a large-scale protest, he addressed his grievance to TAP directly by letter.

Skydra, Greece

Skydra, Greece

23 June 2014

TAP has opened 25 cadastral (land registration) survey and technical information offices along the pipeline route in northern Greece and conducted more than 100 public meetings as part of its ongoing engagement policy. In Skydra, Central Macedonia, Vice-Mayor Ms Katerina expressed deep concerns about potential negative impacts on her community as she took the microphone in front of 40 people at one such meeting. Her concerns came from negative media stories that had been circulating, stoking fears about the safety of natural gas pipelines.

Potom Commune

Potom Commune

23 June 2014

In this isolated area of Albania, TAP contractors were carrying out Census and Assets Inventory surveys with a team of professors from the Agricultural University of Tirana. One day, they stopped at a village bar to have lunch.

Bogova

Bogova

23 June 2014

TAP’s technical teams held a meeting with representatives of different local government departments with the aim of obtaining their approval of the project. The meeting finished successfully. All the issues had been discussed, relationships were strengthened and concerns were answered.

Berat Municipality

Berat Municipality

23 June 2014

Abkons, a TAP contractor, had arranged a meeting with the President of the Beekeepers Association for the Berat Region, Mr Selam. They thought the meeting would be a short, unofficial event to discuss some issues, share views and answer questions.

Permet district

Permet district

23 June 2014

When the TAP team set out to visit the Permet district in South East Albania, they were told that it was extremely remote and only a few people lived there. The isolated village was three hours away by car and another hour by foot, divided into two neighbourhoods and difficult to get to.

San Foca

San Foca

23 June 2014

Fishing is one of the main economic activities in San Foca and an ancient tradition for local people.

San Foca

San Foca

7 June 2014

In April 2014 the jack-up rig Skate III returned to San Foca to carry out the last near-shore geotechnical survey.