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TAP Donates 20 Ambulances to the Greek Emergency Aid Services

22 January 2018

Thessaloniki, Greece. On 22 January 2018, the National Emergency Aid Centre (EKAV) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG held an event for the delivery of 20 new ambulances. Hosted at EKAV’s premises in the Pylaia district of Thessaloniki, the ceremony was attended by its Management, as well as representatives of local administration. 


This is the second phase of the total sponsorship of 33 ambulances (as 2 have already been delivered to the Kilkis Hospital), offered by TAP to EKAV in the context of the programme DESTINATION, SAFETY | Donation of Utility Vehicles that TAP is implementing in Northern Greece.

During the event, the President of EKAV and recipient of the vehicles, Konstantinos Karakatsianopoulos, stated: "With great pleasure we receive today these 20 ambulances (...) of TAP’s donation. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest donations ever made to EKAV’s branches in Macedonia and Thrace, namely the branches of Alexandroupolis, Kavala, Thessaloniki and Kozani. And the donation is rendered more important thanks to the specialised medical-technological equipment on the vehicles, which includes –among others– 4 state-of-the-art incubators, certified for the safe transport of infants."

On their part, the Governors of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Christos Metios, and Western Macedonia, Theodoros Karypidis, stressed the importance of this initiative for the areas traversed by TAP. They also thanked all parties involved in the implementation of the project for their excellent collaboration, and congratulated the TAP team for its social awareness and activity.

TAP was represented by the Project’s Country Manager for Greece, Katerina Papalexandri, who put this initiative in the context of the pipeline’s unconditional commitment to operate on the grounds of safety and protection, as well as its investment in projects that boost the wellbeing of local communities. In addition, she thanked the Management of EKAV, the regional authorities, as well as the TAP team for their successful collaboration – as reflected on the swift implementation of the project, following its launch in the summer of 2017.

In total, TAP invests more than €10 million in the Donation of Utility Vehicles transregional programme DESTINATION, SAFETY. This is one of the largest Social and Environmental Investments (SEI) that the project is voluntarily implementing, by offering more than 90 vehicles (ambulances, snowploughs, garbage trucks and road-sweepers, forestry and civil protection vehicles) to the local communities of all three Northern Greek regions.



About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy. 

TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to some of the largest European markets such as Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria. 

TAP will promote the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment and it is not dependent on grants or subsidies. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow in 2020. 

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam S.p.A. (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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