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TAP Builds New Kindergarten and Renovates 7th School in Albania

31 January 2019

Berat, Albania. On 30 January 2019, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Municipality of Berat inaugurated a new kindergarten in the Dushnik village and a renovated a school in the Veterik village. These projects, which amount to approximately €440,000, are part of TAP’s Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme in Albania. 

 

Both facilities now provide modern conditions for students and children. The Dushnik kindergarten, attended by approximately 70 children, has been built from scratch. It has new furniture and its playground has been upgraded. Furthermore, the new kindergarten has been equipped with a new central heating system, thermal insulation, a fire protection system and emergency exits.

The facade of the “Hasan Ngjela” school in Veterrik has been reconstructed and the school yard rebuilt. In addition, the school has a new roof, thermal insulation, modern toilets, a fire protection system and emergency stairs. More than 180 students and kindergarten children attend this facility daily.

The Mayor of Berat, Petrit Sinaj; TAP’s Country Manager for Albania, Malfor Nuri; school staff; residents of both villages and children attending these institutions took part in the inauguration ceremony.

TAP Country Manager for Albania, Malfor Nuri, said: “The kindergarten in Dushnik  and the renovated school in the Veterrik are two of TAP’s most important investments in Berat. More than 250 children now have better surroundings in which they can lay the foundations for a bright future. I would like to thank the Municipality of Berat for their close cooperation in carrying out these investments. Pretty soon we will be inaugurating another school in the Municipality of Berat, the school of Uznova.”

The Mayor of Berat, Petrit Sinaj added: “These two TAP investments were indispensable for the communities. The sports facilities of Veterrik school will also be available to the wider community for exercising and other activities. The newly built kindergarten in Dushnik will accommodate the children of one of the largest villages in Berat. I would like to thank TAP for these investments and the close cooperation with the Municipality.”

TAP’s SEI contractor Abkons managed these projects, while Leon Konstruksion carried out the renovation and reconstruction works. Approximately 135 people were employed for the kindergarten construction and school rehabilitation.

TAP remains committed to improving the quality of life of local communities, with a particular emphasis on school rehabilitation, in cooperation with both the central and local governments.

To date, TAP has invested in rehabilitating ten schools and kindergartens in Albania, as part of it SEI programme.

 

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About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878 km 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. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to the wider European market.

TAP promotes economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it is also a major source of foreign direct investment. With first gas to Georgia and Turkey now being delivered, first deliveries to Europe will follow in 2020.

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

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