TAP Albania facilitated
the first official meeting between AlbGaz, the Albanian gas transmission system
operator company, and DESFA, the Greek gas transmission system operator, in
Soon after TAP and the Albanian
Government signed the Amended Host Government Agreement (HGA), the Albanian gas
operator company AlbGaz was established. TAP supports the creation of a Joint
Venture (JV) between AlbGaz and DESFA, that after being created, within the necessary
deadline, and signing an agreement with TAP will ensure safe and efficient
pipeline operations and maintenance activities following 2020.
The DESFA President and CEO, Sotirios
Nikas, opened the meeting, welcoming the participants to Greece and expressing
his company's willingness to fully cooperate with AlbGaz.
In his turn Klodian Gradeci, CEO of
AlbGaz, thanked his Greek counterpart and provided a brief background on the
establishment of AlbGaz. Gradeci also suggested setting up a dedicated working
group to discuss issues related to the creation of the Joint Venture entity.
The Thessaloniki meeting was followed
by a visit to DESFA's Operation and Maintenance Centre at Nea Messimvria, where
DESFA's representatives presented natural gas transmission activities in Greece
and the Centre's technical features. Participants also visited DESFA's
compressor station at the site.
The last part of the visit was
dedicated to DESFA's competency training program and a discussion on how this could
help AlbGaz experts' training at a later stage. AlbGaz and DESFA expressed
their willingness to start a capacity-building program, in parallel with the
Joint Venture discussions.
TAP, represented by Shkelqim Bozgo,
Albania Country Manager, Ioannis Skoufogiannis, TAP's Asset & Facilities
Manager for Greece and Vugar Veysalov, Albania Gas Market Development Manager,
appreciated the parties' commitment to proceed swiftly and reiterated the
Company's readiness to be of assistance as and when needed.