The consortium behind the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has launched a study in northern Greece to minimize the social and environmental impact of the planned project in the region along with any possible damage to the area’s cultural heritage. TAP, a pipeline that will transport natural gas from the Caspian region to Europe via Greece, Albania and Italy, will bring together 28 experts over the next three months to examine the proposed route of the project, along with possible alternatives. «The engineers, geologists, seismic and logistics experts, as well as environmental and social professionals and cultural heritage specialists, will survey various 2-kilometer wide corridors along the TAP route with a total length of 500 kilometers,» it said in a statement. The initial phase of the study began on Monday and will run until the end of the week with the second phase expected to start early next year. The routing optimization study has been completed for Albania and is well advanced in Italy, the company added. TAP is a joint venture consisting of Swiss EGL, Norwegian Statoil and German E.ON Ruhrgas.