The collaboration of Bodossaki Foundation with Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG concerns the identification, preparation, implementation and monitoring of social and environmental initiatives in Greece and, in particular, in the three regions traversed by the TAP pipeline.

The ΤΑΡ – Bodossaki Foundation collaboration is part of TAP’s extensive social and environmental investments (SEI) programme, budgeted at a total of €32 million, which TAP has voluntarily undertaken to implement in all three Regions of Northern Greece along its route.

The primary objective these investments is to support all the local communities which are affected by the pipeline project. In selecting these communities, TAP works with the regions’ residents, competent authorities and other local bodies, always with a view to ensuring the substantial contribution and sustainability of every project undertaken.

In this context, at the moment, two large educational and training programs are being implemented:

1.Education and training programme in Gas Technology offered by the International Hellenic University

At an event held on Thursday, 26 April 2018 at the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Technological Educational Institute (TEI) and attended by Press representatives, the “Gas Technology” education and training programme was presented. The programme, which is offered free of charge and is implemented with the financial support of Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG, aims to create a new generation of specialist executives, fully qualified in the operation and safety of gas pipelines. The programme is modular and combines theoretical and laboratory training in basic and advanced technologies. More specifically, the programme is organised in five modules, which are the following:

  • General Principles of Gas Technologies
  • Operation of Gas Transmission Systems
  • Maintenance of Gas Pipelines and Installations
  • Inspection of Gas Pipelines and Installations
  • Safety of Gas Pipelines and Environmental Protection

Each module is composed of six sub-modules, while the participants to the programme can choose one or even up to all five programme modules from those listed above, i.e. the entire programme, which runs for a total of 500 teaching hours per year. The initiative will have a duration of two academic years and is funded by TAP, in the context of the SEI programme which the organisation is implementing in the areas traversed by the pipeline. Bodossaki Foundation, as the TAP partner supporting the implementation of the pipeline project’s investments in the local communities, is the programme’s manager.

To view the relevant Press release (available in Greek only), click here.

2.Investing in energy-focused postgraduate programmes

On 21 September 2017, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG presented its €1 million initiative for funding postgraduate (Master’s) programmes in the energy sector, offered by the University and the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Western Macedonia – the Region’s two tertiary education institutions (following the synergy of the two institutions, both Postgraduate Programs are now offered by the University of Western Macedonia). This investment is implemented in the context of the broader collaboration between TAP and Bodossaki Foundation.

With this initiative, TAP covers, over a period of five years, 50% of tuition fees for a total of 90 students per year attending the following postgraduate programmes:

  •  “Advanced Engineering of Energy Systems (ADVENS)” (former “Energy Resources Management & Utilisation Technologies”), offered by the University of Western Macedonia.
  • Greek-Azerbaijani Inter-University Master’s Programme – “Petroleum Oil and Gas Management & Transportation” (M.Sc. MOGMAT), offered by the University of Western Macedonia (former TEI of Western Macedonia) in collaboration with the Azerbaijan State University of Economics.