TAP is undertaking a seabed survey in order to further refine the routing of the proposed pipeline, given the planned landfall location on the coast between San Foca and Torre Specchia Ruggeri in the municipality of Melendugno (Lecce).
The survey involves the utilisation of a jack-up platform near the shore to perform a geotechnical soil investigation. The soil is both tested directly at the platform (by advanced scientific instruments) and samples are taken for testing at a later date in an onshore laboratory. The soils are tested to a depth of maximum 20 meteres below the seafloor.
Depending on the weather conditions, the jack-up platform should complete its acitivities by the middle of February. The jack-up platform will then be moved out and it will replaced by a barge which will complete the scientific investigation. This barge will be in the San Foca area until the middle of March depending on weather conditions.
The subsea survey is carried out by the TAP project with the support of sub-contractor D’Appolonia, an Italian leader in engineering with core competencies in civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering; geology and geophysics; and hydrology and hydraulics.
Paul Pasteris, TAP's Country Manager for Italy, said: "I would like to assure the local residents that this marine survey is being carried out according to the highest international standards on environment and safety and it will not cause any damage to the territory and the environment. TAP has applied and received permits for this work both from: the Municipality of Melendugno and from the Port Authority of Otranto. TAP appreciates the cooperation of the community which will provide logistical support to the team performing the investigation.”
In February 2012, TAP will organise a public meeting with the community of Melendugno (Lecce) to present to the residents and any other interested parties the proposed location of the pipeline. This meeting will be an opportunity for all community members to ask questions and raise any concerns they may have.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a proposed natural gas pipeline project that will transport gas from the Caspian region via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to Italy’s Puglia region. It will help to deliver safe, secure energy supplies to the Italian energy markets for the future.
TAP is preparing to submit its Environmental and Social Impact Assesment Report to the Italian authorities (Ministry of Environment) in February 2012. Construciton of the pipeline is expected to start in 2015, should TAP be selected as the preferred gas transportaiton solution by Shah Deniz Consortium in Azerbaijan later this year.
TAP proposed route in Italy:
TAP’s proposed pipeline system in Puglia consists of approximately 45 km offshore section, a 5 km long onshore pipeline followed by the fiscal measurement of the gas at the Pipeline Receiving terminal (PRT). This project is located in the province of Lecce and will have a capacity of 10 Billion Cubic Metres (bcm) per year of natural gas with a potential to expand to 20 bcm/a. The pipeline’s landfall location is planned on the coast between San Foca and Torre Specchia Ruggeri in the municipality of Melendugno (Lecce). The landfall will be constructed using state-of-the-art micro-tunneling technology that will host pipe (less than 1 m dia) at a depth of about 6 meters below the surface of the sea floor, thus eliminating any impact on the coastline. The TAP pipeline will tie-in with the Italian gas network, operated by Snam Rete Gas a the PRT.
The current route of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, with a landfall near Lecce, has been identified after three years of extensive field work in Italy. After analysing numerous alternatives, TAP team selected the most optimal route for the pipeline which avoids crossing environmentally sensitive areas, such as the sea grass meadows Posidonia oceanica, for example.
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About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP):
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a natural gas pipeline project that will transport gas from the Caspian region via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to Southern Italy and further into Western Europe. The project is aimed at enhancing security of supply as well as diversification of gas supplies for the European markets. TAP will open a new so-called Southern Gas Corridor to Europe and establish a new market outlet for natural gas from the Caspian Sea and beyond.
The project is designed to expand transportation capacity from 10 to 20 bcm per year. TAP also envisages physical reverse flow of up to 80 per cent and the option to develop natural gas storage facilities in Albania to further ensure security of supply.
TAP’s shareholders are EGL of Switzerland (42.5%), Norway’s Statoil (42.5%) and E.ON Ruhrgas of Germany (15%).
TAP’s transportation solution will be approximately 800 kilometres in length (Approx.: Greece 478 km; Albania 204 km; offshore Adriatic Sea 105 km; Italy 5 km). Transport will begin near the Greek-Turkish border (Komotini), cross Albania and the Adriatic Sea, and connect with the Italian natural gas distribution system near San Foca in Italy.