BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 21
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
The olive trees removed from the original site as part of construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) remain healthy inside the canopies in Italy and will be planted back to their original location starting from autumn 2020, Trend reports citing TAP AG consortium.
“There are about 1,200 trees stored here, out of the 2,100 olive trees originally located along the pipeline route. These trees need temporary storage,” said TAP AG.
“Some (350) of the trees were preserved on site, along the route. Unfortunately, 550 trees were destroyed, as they were infected by the Xylella Fastidioza bacterium. This is the protocol established by the competent authorities.”
TAP project, worth 4.5 billion euros, is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union (EU). The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.
Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.
The project is currently in its construction phase, which started in 2016.
Once built, TAP will offer a direct and cost-effective transportation route opening up the vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500-kilometer long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.
TAP shareholders include 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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