ESIA Disclosure for the Transadriatic Pipeline (TAP) project
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a natural gas pipeline project and one of the largest energy investments in Greece. The pipeline will cross all northern Greece, from Evros (to the east) till Kastoria (to the west), cross Albania and the Adriatic Sea and come ashore in southern Italy, allowing gas to flow directly from the Caspian region to European markets.
EXERGIA is involved in the environmental studies related to the Greek section of TAP for over three years now. These studies are carried out in compliance with the strictest international standards and EBRD Performance Requirements. In late June, TAP submitted the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the Greek section of the pipeline to the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (the ESIA is available at TAP website). In late September – October, EXERGIA undertook a comprehensive ESIA Disclosure exercise for the west part of the TAP project in Greece (From Thessaloniki up to the Greek – Albanian borders), involving open hearings at 9 municipalities and 38 communities affected by the project. The aim of the open hearings has been to present the ESIA and support communities and municipalities in the on-going statutory consultation till the approval of the ESIA.