Baar, Switzerland. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has submitted a Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) to the Greek Ministry of Environment. This application is an addition to the scoping documents that TAP submitted earlier this year in preparation for its full Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). In addition to complying with Greek law, TAP has also decided to carry out its impact assessment in accordance with the stringent international guidelines from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to ensure that the project optimises environmental and social performance.
The PEIA gives further detail on the location of TAP’s routing, as well as the evaluation of the alternative routes analysed by the TAP team. This includes more information, for example, on modelling of the preliminary air emissions and on the previously undeveloped sections along the pipeline route.
Martin Ferguson, TAP’s HSE and CSR Director, commented: “With this important submission, TAP continues to show its progress on minimizing any negative environmental and social impact of the project in Greece. We involved many experts and various Greek authorities in preparing this report. In addition, we met communities along our proposed pipeline route and listened to their concerns. Now we are confident that the selected route is the most environmentally effective solution and it will not adversely affect any communities along the pipeline. We will continue to use this approach for our future submissions and will adhere to the highest standards recognised by Greek national law as well as the international community, including the EBRD.”
Rikard Scoufias, TAP’s Country Manager in Greece, commented: “Protecting the environment and ensuring that our project brings positive social benefits are key considerations for TAP, as well as for the communities affected by the project. The environmental and social impact assessment is the basis for getting this right, and I am very pleased with the excellent cooperation our teams have had with the Greek authorities, local stakeholders and national experts in preparing this.”
Once the Greek authorities have provided their comments on the PEIA application, TAP will use their input for preparing the full border-to-border Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. In the meantime, the project will continue its extensive stakeholder consultation engagement and route refinement activities in Greece.
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.
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 465 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, TAP: +41 79 536 60 16, firstname.lastname@example.org