Over 50% of the TAP gas pipes in its Greece route (276km of pipeline) have been placed in the ground and have been backfilled, and 180km of land is being reinstated, according to TAP’s Country Manager for Greece, Katerina Papalexandri.
Katerina Papalexandri noted the importance of the project for Greece, the wider area of Southeast Europe, as well as the continent as a whole. She also referred to the steady progress –well within schedule and on track– of works in all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by the pipeline.
About one-and-a-half years after construction began: 441km of pipeline have been cleared and graded – more than 80% of the entire Greek route and 404km have been strung and 371km welded.
Additionally, more than 95% of the line-pipes for the Greek section were delivered to the ports of Kavala, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, while hydro tests were also being conducted – one of the final stages of construction.
TAP’s Country Manager for Greece also referred to the critical importance of collaboration between TAP and local communities, not only for the construction of the project, but also for the design and execution of the extensive €32 million Social and Environmental Investments Programme that TAP is voluntarily implementing across the project-affected areas.
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.