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TAP submits Preliminary EIA to Greece

Oil&Gas Materials 28 September 2011 17:53
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) submitted a Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) to the Greek Ministry of Environment, TAP reported.
TAP submits Preliminary EIA to Greece

Azerbaijan , Baku, Sept. 28 /Trend, A.Badalova/

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) submitted a Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) to the Greek Ministry of Environment, TAP reported.

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, TAP's report said.

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.

According to Martin Ferguson, TAP's HSE and CSR Director, with this important submission, TAP continues to show its progress on minimizing any negative environmental and social impact of the project in Greece.

"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", - he said.

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.

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline project. The pipeline 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.

The initial pipeline capacity will be 10 billion cubic meters per year. TAP's shareholders are EGL of Switzerland (42.5%), Norway's Statoil (42.5%) and E.ON Ruhrgas of Germany (15%).

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