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Work begins on Massafra-Biccari methane pipeline

Construction work on the Massafra-Biccari methane pipeline began in March 2010, and the pipe is scheduled to enter service by the end of 2011.

The project forms part of a larger initiative known as the “Adriatic Network", which will stretch from the South of Italy up to the Centre-North covering around 700 km. The network is designed to guarantee the transportation of the volumes of gas currently sent into the network at entry points in the South, as well as an increase in the capacity of these entry points and new entry points that may be developed in the South of the Italy.

The Massafra-Biccari pipeline will also allow for the strengthening of the existing networks in the regions affected, which serve a number of important consumption zones in the regions of Puglia and Basilicata, improving the reliability and safety of gas transportation in the area.

The project involves the laying of a DN 1200 (48") pipeline, around 195 km in length, through mainly flat land in the region of Puglia (around 135 km), and more specifically the provinces of Taranto, Bari and Foggia (16 municipalities), and in the Basilicata region (around 60 km), in the provinces of Matera and Potenza (6 municipalities).

As is standard practice, the laying of the pipeline will be followed by geomorphology restoration operations and, subsequently, natural and environmental recovery activities.

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05 August 2016 - 16:36 CEST