Tempa Rossa

But first a little celebration as today up the driveway went the grandchildren from hell still screaming as their hapless parents drove them away. Twelve weeks stay in 2012, four weeks stay in 2013 and now just a six day stay in 2014. Ah the joy of our neighbours getting older for as sure as hell the grandchildren don’t seem to !

We can put the AC/DC and Iron Maiden playlists away for another year and stow the outside speakers again. No more running to the hills

Now I have seen in the paper several times, Tempa Rossa and have never really bothered to find out what it is though it was clearly some kind of project that had some bearing on Taranto as it always was linked to the various health problems caused by reckless industrialists in the city.

Well it is in fact an huge oil and gas field presently being built in a National Park down the road in Basilicata. It is slap bang in the middle of an area of natural beauty but has managed to go from project to actual building in the last 5 years. Total Oil are doing it and  the plant system – among the most advanced ones in the oil sector – will have a daily production capacity of approximately 50,000 barrels of oil, 230,000 m³ of natural gas, 240 tons of LPG and 80 tons of sulphur. That is 10% of Italy’s oil needs for the next 20 years and the LPG will just about be enough to keep my house heated in the winter if ever we decided to stay here for one,  given the poor insulation.

The development project 

  • 8 production wells, 6 of which have been drilled and two to be drilled after obtaining authorizations.
  • Construction of an oil processing centre where the extracted hydrocarbons, transported via an underground flow line network, are to be processed and separated into various sub-products (crude oil, gas fuel, sulphur, LPG) and then sent via underground flow lines or, in the case of sulphur, via tankers.
  • Construction of an LPG storage centre (2 underground tanks with a total capacity of 3,000 m³) with 4 road loading points.
  • Construction or modification of service infrastructure (adjustment of municipal roads, creating water and electricity supply systems for the processing centre, connections to existing networks for the transport and distribution of the hydrocarbons)

However the piece of the project that is of interest to Taranto and with the prevailing Southerly and Northerly winds the whole of Puglia is this one

“the oil will be transported via underground pipelines to the “Viggiano-Taranto” oil pipeline that is 51 cm in diameter and 136 km long (96 km of which is in Basilicata), which connects the Val d’Agri oilfield plants to the Taranto Refinery, its export terminal.”

The plan is then to build two offshore jetties for ships up to 45,000 tonnes to dock and load the oil to take it around Italy.

Total Oil are waxing eloquently about modern systems and clean air etc but Eni who own the oil refinery don’t have a great track record on that kind of thing and are mainly criticized for filling the air with nasties at the drop of an hat.

The real bugbear though is that all the royalties on the oil and most of the jobs are in Basilicata which has lead to the cry “they get the money we get the bad lungs ” from Taranto residents.

I posted the other day about our King Canute but it seems Italy is breeding them now. Tuscany has been really badly hit by the lousy weather this year.
They have had the wettest coldest summer ever and the tourism industry is on it’s knees. The mayors up there have got together and asked the Education Minister in Rome to delay by a month the start of school throughout Italy to allow Italians to take an holiday if the weather improves. Luckily she just laughed when she got their petition and has now rejected it. For a terrible moment I thought we might get those pesky grandchildren back again !!!!



About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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