History

History

The history of Transalpine Pipeline begins in the second half of the 1950s when economic development and the resulting demand for energy led to the need for new refining facilities also in central European areas where industrial settlements with high-energy consumption developed.

In order to meet the growing energy demand in southern Germany and to strengthen the economy of Bavaria, the Bavarian State Minister for Transport and Economic Affairs, Otto Schedl, promoted the construction of new refineries near Ingolstadt, which would have to be supplied through pipelines. This project was supported by the then President of ENI, and forerunner of a common European energy policy, Enrico Mattei who supported the project of building a refinery in Bavaria and a pipeline connection with Italy.