Pipelines, Storage & Power

Italian court rejects TAP challenge

Italy's Constitutional Court has rejected Puglia's claims against the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, but opposition remains Italy's Constitutional Court has rejected Puglia's claims against the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, but opposition remains.
By Annemarie Botzki and Silvia Favasuli 11 October 2017 0 27938
Pipe-stringing for TAP in Greece in September 2016. Pipe-stringing for TAP in Greece in September 2016. (TAP)

The Developers of the Southern Gas Corridor received a boost on Tuesday as Italy’s High Court rejected an appeal by Puglia’s governor to block construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on Italian soil.

Michele Emiliano, governor of Puglia, appealed to Italy’s Constitutional Court in late 2016, claiming the federal government had failed to consult the regional authorities when moving ahead with TAP. But the court said Emiliano’s argument was inadmissible. 

The legal challenge represented the last major obstacle to TAP’s construction in Italy, but local opposition to...