TAP plans Italian environmental meetings

Feb. 3, 2012 at 6:59 AM
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ROME, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Authorities from the planned Trans-Adriatic Pipeline called for meetings in Italy to discuss environmental effects of the project, the managing group said.

TAP is up against the smaller Interconnector Turkey-Greece pipeline and the Nabucco project included as part of the so-called Southern Corridor of European transit networks. TAP would reach from the Caspian Sea through Greece, Albania and to Western Europe.

The pipeline group said it scheduled a Feb. 16 town-hall meeting in Italy for a shortened route of the proposed natural gas pipeline. The pipeline will run about 3 miles onshore in Italy, down from the originally planned 13 miles.

"As a result, the proposed route crosses just one community in the area," the TAP project company said in a statement. TAP said the new scope of the project reflects feedback from Italian authorities.

Engineers working on the pipeline started taking samples at a depth of 65 feet below the seafloor off the southwest coast of Italy last month as part of route planning.

TAP could start shipping natural gas from Azerbaijan by 2017.

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