Nabucco consortium states willingness to cooperate with other pipeline projects
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 11/ Trend, A. Badalova /
Nabucco project, designed to transport gas from the Caspian region and the Middle East to the EU countries will open a lot of opportunities for other pipeline projects, Nabucco project official representative Christian Dolezal told Trend.
He said gas can also be delievered via Nabucco to Greece and Italy via Turkey and Austria.
"If customers in these countries would like to buy gas Nabucco could deliver it," Dolezal added.
He underscored that smaller pipeline projects could function as a branch line of the Nabucco pipeline if this brings added value to the Nabucco shareholders.
"We are open for cooperation with other pipeline projects, but it has to bring added value. The business ratio is decisive for us," Dolezal said.
According to Michael-Dieter Ulbrich, head of International Pipeline Projects Department at the OMV Gas & Power GmbH, there is so much demand for gas in Europe. And probably there will be need for more than one Nabucco project with 31 bcm capacity.
The construction of Nabucco gas pipeline is scheduled for 2013 and first deliveries are expected in 2017. Participants of the project are Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Romanian Transgaz, Turkish Botas and German RWE companies.
It is also envisaged to implement the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), White Stream, and ITGI (Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline) within the Southern Gas Corridor.