The TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) project’s local segment, to run through northern Greece and cover thirteen regions, has been endorsed by the energy ministry, it announced.
The TAP pipeline, to supply Azeri natural gas to central Europe via Greece, Albania, and Italy, will cross through the Greek regions of Evros, Drama, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi, Imathia, Thessaloniki, Kilkis, Pella, Serres, Kastoria, Kozani, and Florina.
“The delivery of the Installation Act represents another important step in the development of the TAP natural gas pipeline, currently included in a catalogue listing the world’s ten most significant projects in progress,” the ministry statement noted.
The natural gas pipeline’s construction and operation promises numerous benefits for Greece, including an employment boost to be provided by both direct and indirect jobs linked to the project, estimated at roughly 10,000 in total; the involvement of Greek companies in the project’s construction; as well as local supply of equipment and building materials, the statement added.
The TAP project wll help diversify Europe’s natural gas supply sources and pipeline routes, considered crucial for energy security and sufficiency throughout the EU, including Greece, the ministry noted.
The project also promises to boost Greece’s geopolitical position, offering benefits for the national economy, and, as a result, contribute to the overall effort being made for the country’s economic recovery, the ministry statement added.