October 26, 2018 / 2:07 PM / 25 days ago

Italy environment ministry says no irregularities in TAP pipeline dossier

ROME, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Italy’s environment ministry did not find any irregularities in its assessment of the controversial Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), it said in a statement on Friday.

The TAP pipeline is the last leg of the $40 billion Southern Gas Corridor that will bring Azeri gas to Italy. It is due to start pumping gas in 2020 but local opposition has raised concerns that work at the Italian end may not be completed in time.

The ministry said that, after examining the 1000-page long dossier, which had already been authorised back in 2004, had sent its assessment over to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

TAP’s shareholders are BP, Socar, Snam, Fluxys, Enagas and Axpo. (Reporting by Massimiliano Di Giorgio, writing by Giulia Segreti, editing by Valentina Za)

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