Nabucco project consortium expects results of detailed engineering in 2009
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 2 / Trend , A.Badalova/
The results of the technical detailed engineering for the Nabucco gas pipeline will be known in 2009, believes Christian Dolezal, representative of international projects and Nabucco at the OMV company, operating the project.
"Currently detailed engineering in all countries is under way. We expect the results in the upcoming months," Dolezal told Trend via email.
The Nabucco Gas Pipeline Project entered the technical detail engineering stage in May of this year. The four transit countries - Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey - have identified five local sub-contractors to engineer, conduct the assessment and examine the technical details of the pipeline's route. The British Penspen company is developing a detailed technical plan for the Nabucco pipeline.
The Nabucco project, worth 7.9 billion euro, will deliver Azerbaijani and Central Asian gas to the EU. Nabucco shareholders are the Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Romanian Transgaz, Turkish Botas and German RWE with 16.67 percent each.
Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin in 2011 and the first supplies to be delivered in 2014. Its maximum capacity will be 31 billion cubic meters per year. An investment solution for the project will be made in the first quarter of 2010.
The results, obtained during detailed engineering, are required for the project's authorization and negotiation with gas suppliers. Engineering is an important part of the process of Environmental Impact Assessment.
The materials of the Nabucco Gas Pipeline International say that the pipeline will be implemented in two main phases. The first phase of construction (2011) includes laying a new 2,000 kilometer pipeline starting at the Turkish border and ending in Baumgarten, Austria. The second phase (2014-2015 year) includes constructing the remainder of the pipeline on the border between Turkey and Georgia, and Turkey and Iran.
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