Snam-TAP interconnection endorsed by Italian environment ministry

Oil&Gas Materials 28 September 2017 17:02 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.28

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Italy’s Ministry of Environment has endorsed Snam-TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) interconnection project.

“Italy’s Ministry of the Environment released a few days ago a positive feedback on the project presented by Snam Rete Gas for the implementation of the 55km track that will connect the landing point of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline to Melendugno to the national gas network in Brindisi,” a source in Italy’s Snam company, which is one of the shareholders of TAP project, told Trend Sept.28.

The source added that works include the realization of measuring system and other facilities in the municipality of Melendugno.

“The decree, signed by Minister Gian Luca Galletti, is dated September 22 and sanctions the environmental compatibility of the project,” added the source.

TAP Interconnection is the gas pipeline (extending for round 55 Km) from TAP PRT (Pipeline Receiving Terminal) in Melendugno (LE) to the existing Snam Rete Gas network in Brindisi/Mesagne and crossing the municipalities of Melendugno, Vernole, Castrì, Lizzanello, Lecce, Surbo, Torchiarolo, San Pietro Vernotico, Brindisi.

Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni approved the Snam-TAP interconnection project on Aug.8.

TAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor which is one of the priority energy projects for the EU.

TAP project envisages transportation of gas from the Stage 2 of development of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas and condensate field to the EU countries.

The pipeline will be connected to the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy's south.

TAP’s shareholders are: BP (20 percent), State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (20 percent), Snam (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagas (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).

TAP will be 878 kilometers in length (Greece 550 km, Albania 215 km, Adriatic Sea 105 km, and Italy 8 km). Its highest point will be 1,800 meters in Albania’s mountains, while its lowest point will be 820 meters beneath the sea.


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