Trans Adriatic Pipeline: the role played by SHELTER

TAP is one of the most important infrastructures for the energy supply of our continent.

The TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) is an international methane pipeline more than 800 km long that affects onshore and offshore areas, crossing Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea to land in its last 8 km stretch in Puglia. It is part of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) and is entering its operational phase, allowing methane from the Caspian Sea to be conveyed to the European gas distribution network, thus diversifying the sources of European energy supply.

TAP in Italy

TAP is connected to the national methane gas distribution network managed by Snam Rete Gas to feed the virtual exchange point (PSV) from which the various national and European users can be reached.

The construction of the pipeline received the environmental compatibility approval from the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea; during its construction it was therefore subjected to an articulated environmental monitoring project which concerned and will continue to concern all the design phases (ante-operam, construction and post-operam).

SHELTER's participation

We have been involved in:

  • Support the COMPANY on environmental, archaeological and social issues in the preparatory stages of construction and during construction itself: SHELTER staff has been based in Salento for several years and is permanently part of the Integrated Project Management Team;
  • Execute and coordinate the envisaged activities as part of the Environmental Monitoring Project, ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Compatibility decree.

SHELTER has also played a leading role in the management of olive trees, typical elements of the Salento economic and landscape substrate; a few hundred olive trees have been explanted, temporarily stored in nursery conditions in a dedicated area and will shortly be relocated to their original position. It was, and still is, one of the crucial activities for the construction of the pipeline and our Claudio Scura is taking care of it personally, as you can see in this video:

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