Commissioning of the Bronte-Montalbano Elicona Natural Gas Pipeline

The Bronte-Montalbano Elicona natural gas pipeline has been put into operation in Sicily. The work, which will increase the volume of natural gas imported from North Africa, connects the Enna-Bronte section to the Montalbano Elicona-Messina section, already in operation, thus completing the triplication of the lines between Enna and Messina.

The natural gas pipeline, which is 20.14 km long and has a nominal diameter of 1,200 mm (48�?), runs through four municipal districts: Bronte and Randazzo, in the province of Catania, and Floresta and Montalbano Elicona, in the province of Messina.

It entire path runs parallel to the two pre-existing pipelines, in mountainous areas with few roads, reaching its highest point in Monte Colla at an altitude of 1,607 m.

The natural gas pipeline lies within the boundaries of the Parco dei Nebrodi for about 15 km and Snam Rete Gas stipulated an Understanding Charter with the Park’s management organization in March 2004.

At present, morphological restoration work is in progress and this will be followed by vegetation restoration work, which will consist in bedding autochthonous plants that, in time, will ensure the resettlement and full environmental recovery of the places crossed by the pipeline.

In all, a surface area of about 53 ha is to be grassed over and another area of about 15 ha is to be reafforested. Within the boundaries of the Parco dei Nebrodi, the project includes the grassing over of a surface area of about 44 ha and the reafforestation of 13 ha with autochthonous plant species.

In addition to the aforesaid works, forest settlement works have already been carried out in wooded areas in agreement with the Park Management Organization, with the bedding of about 16,000 plants of autochthonous species near the technological corridor marked by the pre-existing pipelines, across a surface area of about 15 ha.

Once the vegetation restoration work has been completed, Snam Rete Gas will handle the cultivation and care of the plants bedded for 5 years with a view to ensuring that they take root.

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05 August 2016 - 16:36 CEST