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

In September 2014, the Italian Minister of Environment signed the Decree of environmental compatibility of the project submitted by TAP for the Italian section of the pipeline.

Throughout the ESIA process, as part of the project’s commitment to the highest international standards, TAP has continued to consult extensively with local people and authorities, incorporating their considerations into the project where possible, and responding promptly to requests for further information.

This has included:

  • A full revision of the ESIA and significant modifications to the original project plan to reflect the results of TAP’s thorough consultations.
  • The timely provision of additional documentation addressing the concerns of local people and authorities.

ESIA Italy: background and timeline

September 2014: The Italian Minister of Environment signed the Decree of environmental compatibility of the project submitted by TAP for the Italian section of the pipeline.

April 2014: additional documents for integration into TAP’s ESIA application are submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and all other relevant authorities.

Submitted at the request of the government ministries, the additional documentation consists of one comprehensive file and 17 attachments, totalling more than 1,200 pages, 50 tables and a video. It includes answers to observations from the public and TAP’s response to the negative opinion on its ESIA given by the Puglia Region. Link to ESIA integration documents in Italian.

September 2013: TAP’s updated ESIA submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and sent for consultation with all relevant national, regional and local authorities.

Replacing in full TAP’s earlier ESIA, the revised document describes TAP’s new configuration in Italy and reflects feedback from TAP’s continuing dialogue with administrative authorities and local communities.

The ESIA analyses risks and opportunities linked to the project, considers its environmental, socio-economic and cultural heritage effects, and describes how any possible negative impacts will be mitigated or eliminated by the use of world-class technologies and methods. It also describes how TAP will invest in local social and environmental projects.

Among the main modifications to the project are:

  • Moving the landfall in San Foca, between San Basilio and Chicalinda beaches. The impact on the seashore will be avoided by boring an approximately 1500 metre-long microtunnel 10 metres underground. This will prevent damage to the area’s protected Posidonia seagrass, while also avoiding any visual impact or disturbance to the seashore and surrounding shrub land ecosystem, known as the ‘macchia Mediterranea’.
  • Reducing the size and optimising the location of the Pipeline Receiving Terminal (PRT) in Melendugno Municipality to an overall footprint of 12 hectares, of which only 3,500 square metres will be occupied by buildings.
  • A significant reduction of the terminal’s CO₂emissions through the use of electric boilers. This measure will bring CO₂ emissions to just 0.6% of the Melendugno Municipality’s total emissions, according to Apulia Region official data.
  • The reduction in the quantity and dimension of the PRT buildings, so that they conform with the typical configuration of local structures such as farm buildings, will lessen the terminal’s visual impact.

As required by law, the new ESIA documentation has gone to consultation with the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Apulia Region, Lecce Province and Melendugno Municipality.

Link to full ESIA for Italy in English

Link to ESIA additional documentation in English

Link to full ESIA for Italy in Italian

Link to ESIA additional documentation in Italian

December 2012: TAP agrees with the Ministry of Environment to extend its ESIA application date until September 2013.This enables the project to continue its important dialogue with as many local people as possible, including authorities, municipalities, and local citizens living in and around the area of Lecce and San Foca.

March 2012: TAP submits its ESIA to the Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea. The report was prepared in accordance with Italian law and international standards such as the environmental and social policy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). TAP consulted with local communities, administrative bodies and other interested parties to collect feedback and address their concerns.

Providing feedback on the ESIA

​TAP welcomes feedback on its ESIA document and process through the following channels:

Email: esia-comments@tap-ag.com

 

Reference documentation

ESIA Italy - Additional documents (in Italian)

On 17 April 2014, well ahead of schedule, TAP submitted additional documents for integration into the ESIA application to the Ministry of Environment and of Cultural Heritage in Italy and to all the relevant authorities involved in the authorisation procedure.

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ESIA Italy (in English)

TAP submitted its updated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea on 10th of September 2013. The latest stage in a process, started in March 2012, will now see the final documentation go to consultation with all relevant national, regional and local authorities.

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ESIA Italy (in Italian)

TAP submitted its updated Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea on 10th of September 2013. The latest stage in a process, started in March 2012, will now see the final documentation go to consultation with all relevant national, regional and local authorities.

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