Baku, Azerbaijan, May 22
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
The Southern Gas Corridor project, in particular the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), implemented within its framework, has entered such a phase that no one has a doubt about its successful implementation.
Even occasional statements Greece makes about the "insufficient profit" of TAP project for the country cannot have an impact on its implementation process. Such statements by Greece are completely groundless, and the country itself understands it very well, as well as the fact that denying the TAP project would be a huge mistake. That's why, despite all its discontent, the country's government states "the complete support for implementation of TAP project."
"We fully support TAP project implementation, and the Greek government will do anything possible for its timely implementation," Greek Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Panagiotis Lafazanis said in April in Riga at the informal meeting of the EU Environment and Energy Ministers.
Consortium on TAP development also testifies to the support of Greece for this project.
"The Greek government fully supports the TAP project," TAP Head of Communications Lisa Givert said.
"TAP is committed to transport Shah Deniz phase II volumes from the Caspian through Greece, Albania and into Italy," Givert added.
She added that TAP is progressing on schedule in Greece.
"While in the design phase TAP took into consideration feedback from local communities and numerous third parties - which resulted in approximately 120 re-routings," Givert said.
She said that TAP remains committed to protecting the environment, to safety and to the communities living near the pipeline.
Currently, TAP is the only real project for supply of alternative gas to Europe which will further pave the way for more volumes of gas and new sources.
It is in the interest of European countries to support it and make every effort to contribute to its implementation in time. Very little time left for waiting - if the construction of TAP starts in 2016, EU countries will be able to receive alternative gas volumes in 2020.
Edited by CN
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