TAP reinstates olive trees, dry stone walls in Italy

(MENAFN – Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 22nd

From Leman Zeynalova – Trend

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has restored olive trees and dry stone walls in Italy, reports Trend, citing the TAP AG consortium.

The first to return to their original location were the young olive trees, which were of a variety that was resistant to the Xylella bacterium. These were replanted in place of the trees that had to be felled because of an infection with the bacterium.

TAP’s specialist contractors then replanted the healthy olive trees that had been removed from the pipeline route and tended in canopies in the Masseria del Capitano near the PRT area. 828 olive trees, some of which are considered monumental, are returned to their original location using a geo-reference tracking system.

In addition, 930 new young olive trees of varieties resistant to Xylella will be planted along the 8 km long corridor to replace the pruned ones that resulted from infection with the bacterium according to the guidelines of the phytosanitary authorities.

As part of the restoration work by TAP, the reconstruction of the dry stone walls also plays an important role in restoring the typical landscape of the area.

In this context, TAP has developed a number of methods of managing the dismantling and reassembly of the dry stone structures. TAP provided skilled workers and a team of archaeologists to oversee activities in the event of possible ancient remains being discovered, document the structures and ensure that the restoration was in line with pre-construction conditions.

Approximately 110 dry stone walls affected by the pipeline route were cataloged, numbered and documented and then dismantled, divided into sections (top, body and bottom of the wall) and stored in pallets of 1 cubic meter each, to be then reassembled the same Manner, taking into account the original architecture and landscape structure.

TAP transports natural gas to Europe from the huge Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. The 878 km long pipeline connects to the Transanatolian Pipeline (TANAP) on the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before going ashore in southern Italy.

TAP will facilitate the supply of gas to Southeastern European countries via potential interconnectors. In particular, after the completion of the Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB), Bulgaria will be able to cover up to 33% of its total gas requirements through TAP. TAP’s exits in Greece and Albania, along with landing in Italy, offer multiple opportunities for further transport of gas from Azerbaijan to the wider European markets.

As an important part of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP is of strategic and economic importance to Europe and is essential for reliable access to a new natural gas source. TAP plays an important role in promoting energy security in Europe, diversification of supply and decarbonisation goals.

TAP’s stake consists of bp (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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