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TAP: Board of Directors confirms commitment to respect the environment and support local tourism

21 June 2013

This week, the Board of Directors (BoD) of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) convened the Board of Directors meeting in Puglia, where the project plans to deliver gas from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan. The meeting was an opportunity to strengthen -with a direct presence in the territory - relationships with institutional stakeholders at all levels and to personally get to know the territory and understand in depth, the details of the TAP project in the region.

This week, the  Board of Directors (BoD) of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) convened the Board of Directors meeting in Puglia, where the project plans to deliver gas from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan. The meeting was an opportunity to strengthen -with a direct presence in the territory -  relationships with institutional stakeholders at all levels and to personally get to know the territory and understand in depth, the details of the TAP project in the region.

Following the Board meeting, the Board of Directors of TAP, reaffirmed its support of the local community and protection and respect for the environment in the design, construction and future operation of the TAP pipeline.

In particular, TAP’s  Board of Directors would like to emphasize its commitment to respect the tourism industry in the area, as evidenced by the availability to finance a €5 million plan  in an effort to alleviate effects of  coastal erosion in the area and guarantees that TAP will not carry out construction of the pipeline during the summer and tourism season.

Should TAP  be selected by the Shah Deniz Consortium, the company  commits  to identifying  further ways to support the social, economic and environmental development of the local communities, in respect for the clear tourism identity of the local area.

In addition, during their stay in Puglia, the members of TAP’s BoD  also had the opportunity to visit and admire the natural riches that Salento has to offer -  the distinctive landscape with millions of olive trees, the  beauty of the sea and coastline, as well as the historical and cultural heritage that the area offers.