6.2.4 DEVELOPMENT FOR NEW IMPORTS FROM THE SOUTH (TRA-N-007) Snam Rete Gas, in line with the findings of SEN (National Energy Strategy), considers the development of new imports from Southern Italy as a strategic element to enable a greater diversification of energy sources, so as to increase the competitiveness of the gas market and provide greater security of supply to the entire national transmission system. Snam Rete Gas has therefore planned the construction of a project called “Development for new imports from the South” (TRA-N-007), that will create new transmission capacity of approximately 24MSm³/d (equivalent to around 264GWh/d) to facilitate gas from future entry points in the South of the country. The project includes the construction of an approximately 430km-long new pipeline (48” – DN1200) and a compression plant of approximately 33 MW (Sulmona compressor station 5) ), along the South-North line, known as the “Adriatica Line". The Adriatica Line will serve to transport quantities of gas from any new sourcing initiative from Sicily and from the middle Adriatic. The project can be considered as a backbone development that has the character of generality, allowing to set up the system of gas supply to new Italian imports from the South), for transmission across Italy and towards Northern Europe. The upgrade work required for the transport of new quantities of gas is currently un- der feasibility study. In addition, the project is included in the list of PCI presented in November 2015 by the European Commission (“PCI 6.18 Adriatica Line”). The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2023. Another development for new imports from the South is the project “TAP Intercon- nection”, specifically dedicated to the access of new gas flows from TAP. The initia- tive foresees the construction of 55 km of new national network pipelines (56’’ – DN1400) between Melendugno (TAP entry point) to the existing national network in Brindisi area. The commissioning date of this project is aligned to TAP entry into operation (start of 2020).
5) The construction of the compressor station of Sulmona has been approved (FID project) to improve the reliability and safety of the transport and also in relation to the expected increase in withdrawal capacity planned for the Stogit storage field of Fiume Treste.