Rome, 2013 August 07th - Last July 30th, in the Senate’s X Commission (industry, commerce and tourism), the second part of the July 25th informal meeting about TAP (Trans-Adriatic Pipeline) was held. Some crucial issues about the realization of the pipeline were resumed and deepened.
The answers given by dr. Russo during the audition were all supported by studies and analyses on every single aspect of the pipeline’s realization. Every main issue that came out after TAP’s selection to transport Azeri gas to Italy - and therefore to Europe - were discussed:
landing in Brindisi. TAP made clear of having considered at least 4 different route options, through studies and technical surveys, before choosing the Salento area around Melendugno municipality. The study on the alternatives to the chosen route will be part of the EIS documentation that will be submitted in September. The hypotesis of moving the landing fall to Salento shores, as TAP Italy Country Manager Giampaolo Russo said, was patronized by many mayors of the Salento area involved in the passing of the pipeline, in a highly productive context;
after the meetings with the main environmental and touristic associations, both on a national and local level, TAP offered to pay a 5 million euros contribution to fight coastal erosion in Melendugno municipality. The study would be assigned to Politecnico di Bari and Salento University, and it would be part of the municipal plan for shores, in agreement with all involved local authorities. Furthermore, it has been underlined that the money destined for the coastal erosion study won’t deplete TAP’s availability to social and environmental investments;
the positive impact on local occupation has been confirmed, as showed by an in-depth study by Nomisma Energia, in both the construction and operative phase. The total effects for Apulia (direct, indirect and induced) will be about 290 million euros every year and around 2.170 jobs every year, only considering the construction phase starting in 2015 until 2018. On the other hand, in fifty years of operation TAP’s estimated total contribution will be approximately of further 380 million euros.
informal audition (July 25th 2013)
second part of the informal audition (July 30th 2013)
documentation submitted at the Commission