Nabucco aims at finding best transportation solution
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 16 /Trend, A.Badalova/
Nabucco project aims to offer the best transportation solution, and therefore is flexible to find it, Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH spokesman, Christian Dolezal said.
"We are flexible in order to find the best solution for suppliers and transportation customers if this brings added value," Dolezal told Trend, commenting the possibility of Nabucco pipeline rerouting.
Nabucco gas pipeline is one of the Southern Gas Corridor projects, which is designed to transport gas from the Caspian region and Middle East to the European countries.
Gas produced during the second stage of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas condensate field development is to be the main source for the Nabucco project.
Earlier this week, the Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz, commenting the possible start of Nabucco pipeline on the border with Bulgaria, said that the preparation of a feasibility study of the Nabucco project has started and new partners may join it.
On Oct. 1, Nabucco with the other pipeline projects (TAP, ITGI) submitted their final proposals to the Azerbaijani side, which will review them in accordance with the previously announced criteria. The decision on the preferable transportation route is expected to be made in the first quarter of 2012.
Dolezal said that the negotiations are ongoing between the Nabucco project's shareholders and the Shah Deniz Consortium. However he did not disclose any details of these negotiations due to confidentiality.
The construction of Nabucco pipeline with maximum capacity of 31 billion cubic meters is planned to start in 2013 and its first supplies are scheduled for 2017.
The project's partners include Bulgarian Energy Holding, Romanian Transgaz, Turkish Botas, Austrian OMV, German RWE and Hungary's FGSZ.