Italian district court of Lazio has postponed its final decision making on take up of olive trees hindering the construction of the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP) which will ensure supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe.
The Ministry of Environment told Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) that the final decision of the court would be made this Friday whereafter the Ministry is going to make a statement.
It is to be recalled that the Administrative Court of Lazio stopped the operations on transplantation of live trees on April 6.
According to the decision made on April 6, the claim of the authorities of Apulia region to cancel the order that gave permits to project executors to remove olive trees along the TAP pipeline has been satisfied.
“TAP’s schedule is at risk if olive trees are not moved by end of April”, Ulrike Andres, TAP Commercial and External Affairs Director, told Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) earlier while commenting the question how the schedule of the project’s delivery will be affected by the decision of the Italian Administrative Court of Lazio, which satisfied the claim of the authorities of Apulia region to cancel the order of the Italian Ministry of Ecology that gave permits to remove olive trees along the TAP pipeline.
“TAP is hopeful that it will move the olive trees by April and that it will deliver gas to Italy in 2020. Once works can safely resume, the olive trees could be removed and replanted in a matter of days”, she highlighted.
“We would like to emphasize once again that the Single Authorization (SA) permit granted by the Ministry of Economy to TAP on 20 May 2015 remains legally valid and effective, as stated in the same Decree of TAR (Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale) Lazio. TAP continues to collaborate with all the authorities involved in the process to resume its activities on the ground”, Ulrike Andres stressed.
Trans Adriatic pipeline (TAP), a final section of the Southern Gas Corridor worth $40bln, will ensure transportation of up to 10mln cubic meters of gas per year from Azerbaijan to Italy across a small seaside city of San-Foka in Apulia by 2020.
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