EU Leaders Asked To Support Pipeline Route

June 2013, Vol. 240, No. 6

The governments of transit countries in the Nabucco-West project — Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria — have appealed to the European Union to back the selection of this pipeline route by the Shah Deniz gas producers in Azerbaijan.

The consortium intends to select either the Nabucco-West route to Central Europe or the rival Greece-Albania-Adriatic seabed-Italy route (Trans-Adriatic Pipeline—TAP) for transportation of Caspian gas to Europe. Both projects exist thanks to the Azerbaijan-led Trans-Anatolia Pipeline (TANAP) project which will feed Caspian gas via Turkey into either Nabucco-West or TAP. Both submitted bids to the Shah Deniz producers’ consortium in March.

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