TAP begins ESIA submission process in Albania
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 11 / Trend A. Badalova /
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) began the formal Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process, with the submission of the Scoping Report, TAP said.
The document was presented to the Albanian national and regional authorities, as well as to more than 100 other relevant stakeholders. It meets the Best Practice Guidelines laid down by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), TAP's report said. The report includes a detailed description of the preferred route for the TAP pipeline, identified during extensive refinement studies in Albania in 2009-2010. It also contains a comprehensive explanation of the possible environmental and social impacts of the chosen route and suitable mitigation measures.
TAP is planning to construct a natural gas pipeline that will connect Greece with Italy, via Albania and the Adriatic Sea. The pipeline is part of the European Union-designated Southern Gas Corridor which will link Caspian gas sources to Europe and provide significant reverse flow capacities. At 520km, TAP is the shortest and most cost efficient of the proposed pipelines in the corridor.
The shareholders of the project are Swiss EGL company (42,5 percent), Norwegian Statoil (42,5 percent) and German E.ON Ruhrgas (15 percent).
Entering from Greece at Miras in the Korça region, the Albanian section of the route stretches a total of 209km to the coast, north-west of Fier, TAP's report said.
The offshore section will be 60km in length, crossing the Adriatic Sea entering southern Italy.