TAP’s Country Manager for Greece, Katerina Papalexandri, spoke during the panel "Energy projects: Full speed ahead" on the 2nd day of the conference, together with the Greek Minister of Environment and Energy, Gorge Stathakis, his counterpart from Cyprus, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, as well as other representatives of the energy sector.
In her brief presentation, Ms. Papalexandri referred to TAP’s strategic importance –as part of the Southern Gas Corridor– to energy security and diversification in Europe, two strategic targets for the EU.
She also stressed the fact that it is a project under implementation, with 70% of overall works completed in the pipeline’s host countries, i.e. Greece, Albania and Italy. Indeed, in Greece, almost the entire length of the Right of Way has been cleared and graded (540km out οf the Greek route’s 550km in total), while works continue in all three Northern Greek regions crossed by the pipeline.
TAP’s Country Manager for Greece also noted the particular attention given to the land used for the construction of the pipeline and then returned to its owners and users. Specifically, she relayed that
- in more than 360km of the routing, the land is being reinstated to its original condition.
- About 2,500 land parcels, out of the ca. 10,000 ones TAP has needed access to in Greece, have already been returned to farmers.
- In the context of a reforestation initiative, about 400.000 trees and shrubs will be planted in forest land.
Papalexandri concluded her presentation with a short reference to the benefits TAP brings to Northern Greece, to the country overall, and to the wider SE Europe region. Benefits that, on an individual level, are recorded in the Personal Journeys of people whose lives have intersected with the route of the pipeline – like Christos from Serres.