TAP talks about plans on removing olive trees in Italy
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 14
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
The consortium for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project will remove the additional olive trees along its route in Italy as soon as the Verifications of Compliance (VoC or secondary permitting activities) are released by the competent authorities, TAP Head of Communications Lisa Givert told Trend.
“Indeed, to enable the building of the TAP micro-tunnel in south Italy, TAP has now moved the first batch of olive trees in the micro-tunnel area. Most of these trees were transported to a nursery where they are carefully stored and will be meticulously cared for until they can be replanted at the original site (once works have finished),” she said.
Givert noted that in a second stage, TAP needs to move and store approximately 2,000 olive trees along the pipeline’s 8km route, from the micro-tunnel exit to the Pipeline Receiving Terminal (PRT), before replanting them at their original site, when works are finished.
These activities are planned to take place before building the 8km onshore section of the pipeline, she added.
TAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union. The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.
The pipeline will connect to the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy’s south.
TAP will be 878 kilometers in length (Greece 550 kilometers, Albania 215 kilometers, Adriatic Sea 105 kilometers, and Italy 8 kilometers).
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A. (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).
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