Six months after inaugurating the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG in an official ceremony held in Thessaloniki, on Friday 25 November, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the projectís works currently under way in Alexandroupoli. He was accompanied by the members of Government Mr. Panagiotis Kouroumblis, Minister of Shipping and Island Policy; Mr. Alexandros Charitsis, Alternate Minister of Economy and Development; Mr. Nikolaos Toskas, Alternate Minister of Interior; Mrs. Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha, Deputy Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, as well as the Chairman of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), Mr. Stergios Pitsiorlas.
Prime Minister Tsipras and his ministers visited TAPís construction site in Alexandroupoli, near the village of Amphitrite on the pipelineís 40th km, out of the approximately 550 km traversing Greek territory Ė TAPís greatest geography. The Prime Minister was welcomed on site by Ian Bradshaw, TAP Managing Director, Rikard Scoufias, Country Manager for Greece, and Ulrike Andres, Commercial & External Affairs Director. Accompanied by TAPís executives, the Prime Minister was updated on the projectís progress so far in Greece, attended part of the welding process, and expressed his interest in the reinstatement process for land plots and the environment.
TAP Managing Director Ian Bradshaw stated: ďTodayís visit constitutes yet another example of the support the TAP project has received over the years from Greek authorities, on both national and local level. Thanks to that support, we are proceeding full steam ahead in line with our schedule. So far, we have cleared and graded more than 190 km, strung over 110 km of line pipes, and welded another 80 km collectively in Greece and Albania. In addition, today there are more than 1,500 people working for the project directly in Greece. And we remain committed to conducting all our activities safely and acting as responsible corporate citizens of the local communities hosting us.Ē
The visit to the TAP construction site was one of the first items on the Prime Ministerís schedule, in the context of his official tour of Thrace.