Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Kavala, Greece, the Greek police stopped and held in the police station for a day, eight farmers and supporters who had tried to oppose the setting up of a building site of the Tap consortium in a large area cultivated with sunflowers. Among the arrested is also Pati, a Salento comrade active and known in the struggle against the pipeline from this side of the Adriatic.
Bringing his support and solidarity, a few days ago he had reached a group of farmers who are opposing the arrogance of the Bonatti company, contractor on behalf of Tap for the construction of part of the pipeline in Greece, in Kavala, in the Plain of Philippi.
Bonatti’s men are known in the area for the arrogance with which they invade the cultivated fields along the pipeline route without warning, causing damage to the crops.
On 25 June some peasants managed to block a bulldozer and workers. One of them started a hunger strike. On the morning of the 26th, in an attempt to block the road to vehicles and workers escorted by the police again, the eight protesters were stopped and held in the barracks until the following day, awaiting the validation of the detention. The judge then released all the detainees, awaiting the trial that was postponed to 12 July.
Those following the story of Tap will know that the pipeline under construction runs for about 870 km through Italy, Albania and Greece, to connect to Turkish infrastructure and reach the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea, in Azerbaijan.
In Greece, part of the pipeline work was contracted to the joint venture formed by Bonatti Spa (with a branch in Parma and interests on four continents) and the Greek J & P Avax. They will build two parts of the track, for a total of about 360 km, from Ieropigi (on the border with Albania) to Kavala.
They have their part in the devastation work set in motion by Tap. And they deserve the attention of those who are trying to stop them.
Bonatti is an international company that serves the energy industry and the colonial policies that drive it. The policies that dictate the destinies of the world and condition the interventions of Western powers abroad in designing their areas of influence (for the control of gas and oil or the real estate market or the construction of large infrastructure …). While it also serves with bombing behind the pretext of humanitarian or counter-terrorism operations.
Founded in Parma in 1946, it currently provides engineering, management and maintenance services for plants in the oil and gas sector in 16 countries: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Canada, Italy, Austria, France, Germany , Romania, Spain, Mexico, Mozambique and Libya.
It works with the major national and international oil companies: Eni, Noc Libia, British Gas, Total, Chevron Texaco, Repsol, Exxon Mobile and for the main European companies for the transportation of hydrocarbons such as Snam Rete Gas, Enagas, Gaz de France and Edison.
In Italy, in addition to the Parma office, the “Carlo Gavazzi Impianti” of Marcallo con Casone (MI) and the “Bonatti Engineering Center” of Fano (PU) are part of the Bonatti Group.
Their first experience abroad began in Libya in 1979, with a contract on behalf of Agip. Here today the group deals with assistance and maintenance at the compression station that sends gas to Italy. During the Western coalition’s attack against Libya in 2011 and the expulsion of Gaddafi, the company had to evacuate personnel, but already in September of the same year it immediately became operational again thanks to the work of its Libyan cadres who had managed and prepared the ground for it to return.
In Italy, in the construction and infrastructure sector, it has carried out various projects for Anas, Autostrade per l’Italia, Ferrovie dello Stato and many Italian Municipalities.
In Basilicata, Val d’Agri, it is currently engaged in the fifth hydrocarbon production line for Eni.
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