The construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG in Greece continues to progress on time, on track and on budget. Thanks to the efforts of the 3,100+ people working for the project, work is now underway in all three Northern Greek Prefectures to be traversed by the pipeline: Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Central Macedonia and –most recently– Western Macedonia, where construction commenced in Pirgoi at the Eordaia Municipality, in late June. In addition, the concrete foundation has been laid for the pipeline’s gas compressor station in Kipoi, Evros.
As of end-June 2017, out of the ca. 550 km of pipeline to be built in Greece, TAP’s contractors have already:
received more than 75% of the total 32,000 line pipes to be used for the pipeline’s Greek section;
cleared and graded 331 km of the route;
strung 304 km of pipeline; and
welded ca. 280 km of the mainline.
At the same time
227 km of trench have been opened;
198 km of pipeline have been lowered into the trench;
183 km has been backfilled; and
94 km of land is being reinstated.
The Head of the Western Macedonia Prefecture Theodoros Karypidis said: "Works have started for the construction of TAP in the Prefecture of Western Macedonia. This means that the first step has been made in our area for the implementation of a project of great geo-strategic importance, bringing multiple benefits to local communities. For this reason, the Prefecture is closely collaborating with TAP on all levels in order to ensure safe works and their timely completion."
TAP’s Country Manager for Greece Rikard Scoufias noted: "TAP is now being constructed in all three Prefectures to be traversed by the pipeline. Thanks to our excellent collaboration with all competent authorities, and the dedicated work of our people, construction progresses safely and efficiently across Northern Greece. From the East and Evros, where we laid the foundation for the compressor station – to the West and Eordaia, where we have just started construction."
As TAP’s construction continues, the direct benefits arising for the local host communities, as well as the country in general, are also becoming progressively more evident.
With regard to its €32 million social and environmental investment (SEI) programme, TAP recently announced a €9 million investment for the purchase of 92 utility vehicles to be donated to local communities in Northern Greece:
22 garbage trucks
17 forestry vehicles
14 snowploughs; and
6 civil protection vehicles.
This commitment is added to the 47 SEI initiatives that TAP already supports in all three Northern Greek Prefectures, their total value amounting to ca. €1.3 million. As per TAP’s SEI strategy and selection pillars, already implemented initiatives include:
30 projects supporting improved quality of life for communities located along the routing of the pipeline;
6 projects enhancing the livelihoods of local residents;
6 projects enabling the cultivation of improved skills and abilities via education and training;
and 5 projects contributing to the improvement of environmental management.