Implementing its commitment to protecting Greek tradition and cultural heritage, TAP has announced that its Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors are currently employing more than 40 local archaeologists and archaeological workers in their construction sites, while 70 more are about to be employed in the near future. Supported and advised by the Ministry of Culture and the various Ephorates of Antiquities, the role of these experts is to investigate and monitor excavation activities and right of way, but also provide rescue work for any potential finds.
Such a case occurred this summer, when an archaeological discovery took place in Albaniaís Skrapari area. Overall, by the time construction has concluded, more than 400 archaeologists and archaeological workers are estimated to have been employed by the project.
From the earliest stages of its implementation, TAP has not only stated its commitment to safeguarding the environment and cultural heritage of areas affected by the project, but also recorded its intentions in official documentation and proceeded with specific actions implementing its commitments. More specifically, TAP has:
- upheld its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and complied with its Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS).
- conducted an extensive study on Cultural Heritage Baseline Conditions for the implementation of the TAP Project in Greece, contained in the most comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) submitted to and approved by the Greek government.
- identified and inventoried all archaeological sites, areas of high archaeological potential and monuments in the Northern Greek areas affected by the project.
- drafted a Cultural Heritage Management Plan, which was successfully implemented in the case of the artefact unearthing in Albania.
- trained employees and contractors to act promptly, effectively and with the utmost care when unearthing archaeological findings or other artefacts.
Greece constitutes both TAPís greatest geography (covering 550 km out of the pipelineís total 878 km) and an area with history and culture spanning over millennia. Hence, recognising the projectís responsibilities towards local communities affected by the pipeline also means implementing a comprehensive environmental policy in the country, as well as protecting Greek archaeological sites and monuments.
TAP strives to be perceived as a part of the local communities that are hosting the project. Therefore, we consider it our duty to not only respect and safeguard their heritage, but also help them preserve their past and culture.