Michele is a Senior Executive with many years of experience working in the Italian infrastructure sector, having built a career of over 40 years at the Italian State Railways Company, Ferrovie dello Stato (FS).
Most recently Michele held the position of CEO for FS from 2014 – 2015 and from 2006 – 2014, as CEO for Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (the infrastructure managing company for FS).
Born in Castellana Grotte (Bari), Michele graduated from the University of Bari in Electro-Technical Engineering, joining Ferrovie dello Stato in 1975.
Michele’s roles at FS have also included being responsible for Infrastructure Operations and Pro-duction in Bari’s Infrastructure Regional Offices, Head of Technical Direction of the Infrastructure division, which he led for eight years and Manager for Technical Contractual Standards and Rules for the planning and renewal of overhead electrical lines to supply power trains.
Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director at TAP, said: “I am delighted to welcome Michele to TAP. Michele brings a wealth of experience and a network of key relationships, developed over many years in the infrastructure industry in Italy to our project. I look forward to working closely with him as he leads the TAP business in Italy through this very important phase of construction, in order to be ready to receive first gas from Shah Deniz in 2020. I would also like to thank Clara for her commitment and contribution as interim Country Manager during these last months and working towards the start of construction."
About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek bor-der at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bul-garia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to some of the largest European markets such as Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria.
TAP will promote the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment and it is not dependent on grants or subsidies. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approx-imately in early 2020.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam S.p.A. (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).