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TAP: a few clarifications on the project

27 May 2013

Following the recent articles published by local newspapers, TAP wants to highlight that the approval by the Council of Ministers of the bill for the parliamentary ratification of the IGA is part of a broader legislative and authoritative procedure that the Italian law foresees for the completion of strategic energy infrastructures.

Lecce - Following the recent articles published by local newspapers, TAP wants to highlight that the approval by the Council of Ministers of the bill for the parliamentary ratification of the IGA is part of a broader legislative and authoritative procedure that the Italian law foresees  for the completion  of strategic energy infrastructures.

More TAP wants to highlight that, as per EIA procedure, a suspension was asked and the Company will present all the relevant documents by the deadline of September 10th , 2013 and is convinced that the final decision on the project will be based on technical documentation presented, and not on political positions.

While preparing these documents, TAP produced analysis and technical in-depths and overcame every critical elements in order to  propose a project that  will be safe for the environment and the population living around the structure.

TAP took care,  first of all, of posidonia seagrass  on marine seabed. More, the new version of the project has no impact on Acquarica’s archeological park   as the location of the Pipeline Receiving Terminal (both in the base case scenario in Melendugno and, alternatively, in Vernole)   has been moved to take care of the landscape sensitivity of this area.

With regard to the Protected Natural Area Le Cesine, it won't be involved as the pipeline project foresees the passage southern of the Natural Area and, at the same time,  the presence of turquoises Caretta will be preserved, as the new ashore coming of the pipeline is located 10 meters under the seashore level .

TAP confirms its availability to explain in full details its pipeline project in terms of economic benefits for the local area, safety and environmental care to institutional stakeholders at each level and citizens of the interested areas.