TAP contributed €40,000 to the programme, responding to requests by stakeholders in Kavala and the Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance & Social Solidarity – as both stressed the importance of the initiative for local societies. TAP’s support is part of the €32 million social and environmental investment (SEI) programme that the project is voluntarily rolling-out in all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by the pipeline, focusing on initiatives that:
- upgrade quality of life and enhance the livelihoods of local residents;
- cultivate skills and abilities via educational and training activities; and
- contribute to the improvement of environmental management.
TAP is a proud supporter of this pioneering initiative implemented by the Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance & Social Solidarity, in collaboration with the National Bank of Greece, the Agricultural University of Athens and a series of organisations, foundations, companies, as well as individuals; an initiative promoting the value of the healthy, Mediterranean diet, as well as the culture of "collective" and "shared" meals.
The programme focuses on young students, providing them with healthy and nutritious meals – necessary for their overall well-being and development. At the same time, this particular initiative is also supporting the Kavala Social Cooperative of Limited Liability that has undertaken the preparation of these meals with the use of locally-sourced ingredients. The Cooperative’s aim is to facilitate social integration for people facing mental and social difficulties by offering them employment opportunities.
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approx. imately 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, 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 economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will also be a major source of foreign direct investment. 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 (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
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