Submission of the 2nd ESIA Amendment for the TAP project in Greece

Submission of the 2nd ESIA Amendment for the TAP project in Greece

At the end of 2015, EXERGIA prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Development a 2nd Amendment to the Decision of Approval of Environmental Terms for the TAP project in Greece. This ESIA Amendment identifies and assesses potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts related to the relocation of the Compressor Station in the area of Kipoi, Evros. The disclosure of this ESIA Amendment took place in January 2016, when an open hearing was organized in the community of Peplos.

The TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) project in its entirety, offers a new gas transportation route between the Caspian Region and Southern and Central Europe. TAP will transport gas via Greece and Albania, across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy and further to Western Europe. The Project aims to enhance security of supply as well as to diversify gas supplies for European markets. In Greece, the TAP project stretches from Kipoi at the Turkish border, via Komotini, Nea Mesimvria (north-west of Thessaloniki) to the Albanian border near the village of Ieropigi, for a total of 543 km. The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the TAP project in Greece was submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC) in June 2013 and the project was granted a positive Decision on Approval of Environmental Terms in September 12, 2014.

EXERGIA works continuously for the TAP project in Greece since 2010, and has taken part in all stages of project definition and environmental permitting, i.e. route refinement, Scoping Report, Preliminary ESIA and ESIA.