The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has submitted its Single Authorization application to the Ministry of Economic Development in Italy. The submission is a key step towards obtaining the final permits and authorizations for construction and operation of TAP’s gas pipeline in Italy.
The Italian Ministry will henceforth consult with municipal, provincial, regional and central authorities; a process that will be conducted in parallel with TAP’s Environmental Impact Assessment process which was launched earlier in 2011 and which complies with the world-leading EBRD guidelines for environmental and social protection.
Kjetil Tungland, Managing Director of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, commented: “This constitutes another key submission from TAP in recent months towards obtaining final permits in all our host countries, allowing TAP to initiate construction and operation to bring Caspian gas from Shah Deniz into European markets (expected in 2017/2018).”
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a natural gas pipeline project that will transport gas from the Caspian region via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy and further into western Europe. The project is aimed at enhancing security of supply as well as diversification of gas supplies for the European markets. TAP will open a new so-called Southern Gas Corridor to Europe and establish a new market outlet for natural gas from the Caspian Sea and beyond.
The project is designed to expand transportation capacity from 10 to 20 bcm per year. TAP also envisages physical reverse flow of up to 80 per cent and the option to develop natural gas storage facilities in Albania to further ensure security of supply.
TAP’s shareholders are EGL of Switzerland (42.5%), Norway’s Statoil (42.5%) and E.ON Ruhrgas of Germany (15%).
TAP’s transportation solution will be approximately 800 kilometres in length (Approx.: Greece 466 km; Albania 204 km; offshore Adriatic Sea 110 km; Italy 4 km). Transport will begin near the Greek-Turkish border (Komotini), cross Albania and the Adriatic Sea, and connect with the Italian natural gas distribution system near San Foca in Italy.
For further information, please contact TAP’s Communications department:
Lisa Givert, Head of Communications: +41 41 747 3451, firstname.lastname@example.org