Gas: Italy becomes Med energy hub with TAP, Bonino

'Diversify sources and supply transport routes for security'

18 December, 10:31

    Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino

    (ANSAmed) - BAKU - Regarding the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the gas pipeline between Azerbaijan and Europe, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino said, "It's a strategic project that represents an important contribution for Italy, both for covering our energy demand as well as for becoming an energy hub in southern Europe and the Mediterranean." Bonino spoke on Tuesday in Baku at the official signing ceremony for the final investment agreement of the Shah Deniz Consortium.

    "Diversifying our sources and the supply transport routes is a key element for improved energy security," Bonino said. She predicted "regular gas supply from traditional partners, but also from new, emerging partners." Bonino said that energy security and the development of strategic European infrastructures will be a priority during the Italian semester of EU presidency in 2014, which will be preceded by the EU presidency of Greece, a partner in TAP development.(ANSAmed).

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