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TAP: Albanian's section is the first to obtain the environmental permit

12 April 2013

Lecce, Italy. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has yesterday announced that the Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) fort the Albanian section of the pipeline that will transport natural gas from Azerbaijan to Italy, through Greece and Albania, has been approved.
The review process has taken into account all the possible environmental, cultural or socio-economic issues related to the pipeline and has also seen the participation of local stakeholders in three public hearings, in order to identify possible protection measures during and after construction. The granting of the Permit proves the validity of the project and the company's commitment towards the environment and local communities and takes the project a step closer to completion.

Also in Italy, where the pipeline will reach the land in Salento for a length of 8km, out of a total of about 800 km, meetings and procedures are going on in order to secure all the permits required to start this strategic project for Italy and Europe. The same care for the environment and the local areas where the pipeline route is planned, is also applied in Italy and in particular in Melendugno, where TAP continues its commitment  to minimize any possible negative impact on the local environment and to collect feedback and involve the local population during the Environmental Impact Assessement authorization process – a process which implements national and international standards.

TAP has a key part to play in securing the diversity and security of Europe’s energy supply. It will be the ‘missing link’ that connects  southern Italy to the abundant new natural gas sources in the Caspian basin and will be vital in meeting the region’s ever-growing energy demands in an economical and sustainable way.

A recent study by Nomisma Energia also highlights the impact the project will have on a local and regional level, even more valuable considering the weak dynamics of investments in Italy and particularly in Salento. The economic value, considering the direct, indirect and induced effects is estimated at € 290 million, approximately  2,170 jobs per year during the four years of construction and a further estimated € 380 million during the next operational phase (from 2019 to 2068). Specifically, the area of Melendugno will benefit not only from the macro-economic effects, linked to both the construction phase and to the presence and activities of the receiving terminal, but also from a growth in its public budget, which will be fed by taxes that the company will have to pay to the Municipality, which under current regulations would account for close to € 400 000 per year.