Environmental Issues

Our Commitments

Trans-Balkan Pipeline B.V. clearly understands the necessity of environment protection and natural heritage preservation. This is why ecological and environmental awareness is among Company's top priority principles.

We are committed to best environmental performance

Best environmental performance will be the benchmark during design, construction, operation and commissioning of the project.

Safety considerations are our Company’s top priority

Trans-Balkan Pipeline B.V. will integrate into the design of the pipeline and associated facilities a state-of-the-art Leak Detection System (LDS), a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System and an Emergency Shutdown System (ESD).

Analyzing accident risks and developing safety and emergency plans

Trans-Balkan Pipeline B.V. will develop a Safety Study and Emergency Response Plan in accordance with the requirements of the SEVESO II Directive and its amendments, a Fire Safety Study and an Oil Spill Contingency Plan. Occupational health and safety management is a matter of course.

Evaluation of all sources of potential impact to the environment and development of control measures to minimize it

These control measures include careful pipeline routing and specific design measures combined with best environmental management practices.


Environmental & Social Studies

Within the Project Trans-Balkan Pipeline B.V. will conduct three main studies:

A site selection study for the onshore and offshore structures;

A route definition study;

An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Study

Environmental and social aspects will be closely taken into account throughout all the studies.


Environmental Legislation & Standards

The environmental and social studies and assessments for the Project will comply with:

International Finance Corporation (IFC) Equator Principles and Performance Standards;

World Bank Guidelines;

International Conventions (including the Black Sea and MARPOL Conventions);

EU Directives (including the Habitats Directive, the EIA Directive and the IPCC Directive);

National legislation (including the requirements of all the Joint Ministerial Decisions pursuant to the Environmental Protection Law in Greece and the Environmental Protection Act in Bulgaria).