Papalexandri participated in the panel titled "Completing the midstream puzzle: exporting gas from the Eastern Med and the Caspian Sea," and spoke about the progress of TAP’s construction works in Greece, Albania and Italy –i.e. the three countries hosting the pipeline– within the framework of energy developments in the wider geographical area. TAP’s Country Manager for Greece also stressed the project’s importance and contribution to achieving Europe’s energy objectives.
On the sidelines of the Athens Energy Forum, TAP organised a breakfast meeting with journalists, where Papalexandri provided further information on the Greek section of the pipeline, as well as the extensive social and environmental investments programme implemented in the areas it crosses.
In Greece, she noted, construction is ongoing in all three Northern Regions the pipeline traverses. Out of the 550km comprising the entire Greek route:
- 532km have been cleared and graded
- 493km of pipeline have been strung and 472km welded
- 394km of land has been backfilled, and
- 280km is in the process of being reinstated
In addition, construction works progress at the compressor station in Kipoi, Evros close to Alexandroupolis by TAP’s contractor, the joint venture Renco/ΤΕRΝΑ. Additionally, all line-pipes to be used in the Greek section of the pipeline have been delivered.
Concluding, Katerina Papalexandri summarised TAP’s multiple benefits to Greece on a national, local and individual level, noting its importance as a "roadmap" for the implementation of infrastructure projects in the country, with respect to the environment and local communities.
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878km 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 the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment and it is not dependent on grants or subsidies. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow in 2020.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam S.p.A. (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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