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TAP’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process in Greece

In September 2014, Greece’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change gave formal approval and signed the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) submitted by TAP for the Greek section of the pipeline.

The ESIA includes a detailed description of the proposed pipeline route in Greece, permanent and temporary infrastructure created during the construction phase, such as access roads and construction camps, and operational facilities that will be in place when construction is completed. 

It follows four years of intensive pipeline route selection, refinement and consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national, regional, municipal and local government authorities, local communities and NGOs.

The ESIA was conducted jointly by Greek and international experts, in full accordance with both Greek and EU legislation and following the stringent requirements of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD),  and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), recognised as benchmarks for international best practice.

The final ESIA report was the culmination of a collaborative process with the Greek authorities that has previously seen the submission, starting in 2010, of the Scoping Report and Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) for the Western TAP section in Greece, and the Scoping Report for its Eastern section.

In July 2013, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change concluded TAP's ESIA completeness review and authorised the start of the official public disclosure process.

Following the issue of formal opinions from the central, regional and local authorities and other competent government ministries, the Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change will issue the Decision on Approval of Environmental Terms which is necessary for proceeding with the permitting procedure and commencing construction activities.

ESIA Greece: background and timeline

September 2014: Greece’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change gave formal approval and signed the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment submitted by TAP for the Greek section of the pipeline.

July 2013: Greece’s Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change concludes TAP's ESIA completeness review and authorises start of official public disclosure. This process, conducted by TAP contractors and local subcontractors, entails meetings at both regional and national level, and more than 100 meetings with local communities.

June 2013: TAP submits full ESIA to Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. The ESIA assesses and optimises potential environmental, cultural heritage and socio-economic impacts of proposed pipeline. It also guides the implementation of mitigating measures to avoid or minimise adverse and enhance positive impacts.

Link to full ESIA Greece in English

Link to full ESIA Greece in Greek

December 2012: scoping report for TAP’s eastern section in Greece submitted. TAP carries out consultation and disclosure process with relevant stakeholders. Their views and comments to be included in full ESIA report.

Link to ESIA Greece Scoping Report eastern section in English

Link to ESIA Greece Scoping Report eastern section in Greek

February 2012: TAP submits revised version of the Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA), describing modifications to overall engineering concept including the omission of compressor station that is no longer required.  

Link to PEIA in English

Link to PEIA in Greek

September 2011: TAP submits Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment. This gives further detail of pipeline’s route through Greece and possible alternatives, as well as preliminary modelling of air emissions. 

June 2011: project commences ESIA process with scoping report for TAP’s western section, describing its preferred route, potential environmental and social impacts, and proposed mitigation measures. In particular, special consideration is given to the avoidance of sensitive natural habitats.

Link to ESIA Greece Scoping Report western section in English

Link to ESIA Greece Scoping Report western section in Greek

2010-2011: TAP carries out extensive route refinement and pre-scoping studies, consulting with a wide variety of stakeholders, all of whom have the chance to review the project and provide feedback at an early stage and subsequently throughout the project’s development.

 

Reference documentation

ESIA Greece (in English)

After almost four years of intensive pipeline route selection and refinement in Greece, TAP has submitted its comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to the Ministry of Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

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ESIA Greece (in Greek)

After almost four years of intensive pipeline route selection and refinement in Greece, TAP has submitted its comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to the Ministry of Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

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Scoping Report for the ESIA Greece - East Section (In English)

On the 3rd of December 2012, TAP submitted its Scoping Report for the planned eastern section of the pipeline in Greece to the Greek authorities and started consultation process with relevant stakeholders.

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Scoping Report for the ESIA Greece - East Section (in Greek)

On the 3rd of December 2012, TAP submitted its Scoping Report for the planned eastern section of the pipeline in Greece to the Greek authorities. TAP carries out the consultation and disclosure process with relevant stakeholders.

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Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) Greece (in English)

On the 28th of September 2011, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) announced that it has submitted Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) to the Greek Ministry of Environment. This document was revised and resubmitted to the Greek authorities on the 8th of February 2012. This revision considers changes to the overall engineering concept of the project in which one compressor station originally foreseen near to the village of Nea Mesimvria is not required anymore.

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Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) Greece (in Greek)

On the 28th of September 2011, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) announced that it has submitted Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) to the Greek Ministry of Environment. This document was revised and resubmitted to the Greek authorities on the 8th of February 2012. This revision considers changes to the overall engineering concept of the project in which one compressor station originally foreseen near to the village of Nea Mesimvria is not required anymore.

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Scoping Report for the ESIA Greece - West Section (in English)

On 7th of June 2011, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) commenced its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process in Greece. The submission of its Scoping Report to the Greek authorities comes after similar moves in Albania and Italy earlier this year and will follow the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) guidelines, recognised as the benchmark for international best practice.

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Scoping Report for the ESIA Greece - West Section (in Greek)

On 7th of June  2011, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) commenced its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process in Greece. The submission of its Scoping Report to the Greek authorities comes after similar moves in Albania and Italy earlier this year and will follow the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) guidelines, recognised as the benchmark for international best practice.

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