The project of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is to provide natural gas to southern Europe with a 8km pipe.The European Commission’s initiative aims to guarantee energy to EU and reducing dependence on Russia and Gazprom to prevent energy crises like the one experienced in 2009, as a result of cuts in gas supplies because of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But an olive grove in Puglia region is the scene of a battle between police and demonstrators who oppose the construction of the gas pipeline.
Azerbaijan has never considered the Southern Gas Corridor project as a kind of alternative or kind of competitor to any other gas projects being implemented in the region, said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. He made the remarks on Nov. 17 during a meeting with a group of participants of the 5th News Agencies World Congress. “Our project is only aimed at the target, which I identified – to produce, to supply, to satisfy the needs of consumers, to make happy transit countries, and also to earn money for the country,” noted President Aliyev. “So implementation of the project is on schedule. There were certain delays in Europe regarding some ecological concerns. But, as far as I know, they are being resolved.”