The construction progress of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) was presented by TAP’s Country Manager for Greece, Katerina Papalexandri, at the 2nd Thessaloniki Summit held on 5-6 October at the Ioannis Vellidis Congress Centre.
In the context of "The new energy map in the region" panel, 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
404km have been strung and 371km welded
276km of pipeline have been placed in the ground and backfilled (over 50% of TAP’s route in Greece), and
180km of land are being reinstated.
more than 95% of the line-pipes for the Greek section have been delivered to the ports of Kavala, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, while
hydrotests are 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.
In conclusion, Papalexandri cited the benefits that TAP brings to Greece and its legacy to the country, "to the economy, society and culture"; on an energy, strategic and geopolitical level; in technology and infrastructure."