TAP Celebrates 1st Year of Construction
Albanian Daily News
Published May 16, 2017

Wednesday, May 17 marks the one year anniversary since construction started on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP),
one of Europe’s largest and most strategic energy (natural gas) infrastructure
projects. Activity in each of the three host countries is on time, on track and
on budget.





Much has
been achieved over the past twelve months. As of early-May 2017, the
project has a world class site safety record with lost time frequency levels
well below international norms.



TAP’s
contractors cleared approx. 49% of the project route in Greece and Albania
(371km out of 765km). Also, 22.6% of welded steel pipes are already in the
ground (backfilled). 



In
Italy, work is ongoing with the first batch of
olive trees temporarily stored, so that construction of the 1,5km micro-tunnel
can start later in the year.



Approx.
68.5% of the total 55,000 pipes to be used for the construction of the pipeline
have been received in Greece, Albania and Italy.



More
than 5,200 people have been working for the project across TAP’s host
countries, over 85% of which have been local staff.



TAP
implemented a wide range of social and environmental investment (SEI)
programmes in the communities along its route.70 additional projects with
a total value of approximately €15 million are due to be rolled out in the
upcoming months. In total, TAP will invest over €55 million in SEI in Greece,
Albania and Italy.


“We are pleased with our
performance. In terms of overall project progress, we are approximately 41%
complete, including all engineering, procurement and construction scope. We are
on track to deliver first gas from Shah Deniz II in 2020, becoming an active
part of the European energy network, enabling more competitive and secure
energy to reach homes and businesses,”

said the TAP Managing Director Ian Bradshaw. 


“I am
particularly pleased that today approximately 173km of welded steel pipes – around
21 times our project length in Italy – have been put in the ground in Greece
and Albania. TAP remains fully committed to reinstate land to its original
condition or better. A project of this scale and magnitude will face daily
challenges, however, we are well positioned to address and manage them by
working closely with our teams, our supply network and alongside communities.”
Bradshaw added.


TAP has an
equally ambitious programme for the next twelve months. By this time next year,
it plans to have completed the clearing and grading of the route across Greece
and Albania and have approximately 67% of welded pipes placed in the ground
(backfilled).  





Politics
MORE
Economy
MORE
Social
MORE
Current Events
MORE
Op-Ed
MORE
World News
MORE