MILAN, March 27 A top Italian court on Monday
gave the green light to build a strategic pipeline bringing
central Asian gas into Europe, rejecting appeals by local
authorities in southern Italy who wanted to change the landfall.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the end piece of the $40
billion Southern Gas Corridor, is slated to bring 10 billion
cubic metres of gas from Azerbaijan into the small Italian
seaside town of San Foca in Puglia by 2020.
But opposition from local and regional authorities in the
area had raised concerns the project, an EU priority, could face
In its ruling on Monday, the top administrative court said
TAP's environmental impact permit had met all the conditions.
The court also said local authorities had been properly
involved in the permitting process.
(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes, editing by Isla Binnie)