A preliminary environmental impact study on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will be submitted to the environment, energy and climate change ministry by the end of July, the consortium constructing the natural gas project announced on Tuesday.
The consortium also unveiled the feasibility study for the natgas pipeline, which was not obligatory but aims at providing information to all interested sides.
According to the "Scoping Report on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment" (ESIA), the TAP will hook up to the existing natural gas grid near Nea Messimvria in the region of Central Macedonia, extend approximately 185 kilometers to the Greek-Albanian border, entering Albania northwest of Dipotamia. The route will cross the peripheries of Central and Western Macedonia, the municipalities of Halkidona, Alexandria, Naoussa, Edessa, Skydra, Amyntaio, Pella, Eordaia, Kastoria, Nestorio and Orestiada.
The feasibility study describes the possible environmental and social impact of the chosen route and the measures proposed to mitigate them.
The planning provides for the transit of natural gas from Azerbaijan via the Turkish and Greek network to Albania, and from there by underwater pipeline to Turkey.
Both the TAP and the Turkey-Greece-Italy (ITGI) pipelines as well as the Nabucco pipeline are competing for the natural gas of the new deposit at Shah Deniz in Azerbaijan.