U.S. continue to strongly support Nabucco project
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 25 / Trend A.Badalova /
The U.S. support Nabucco gas pipeline, considering it as an important project.
"We strongly support Nabucco. We think it's a very important project. It's going to bring energy diversification on both sides and market diversification," U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said at a Daily Press Briefing, the department reported.
This week Reuters reported with the reference to BP's head of fuel refining and marketing Iain Conn that original concept of Nabucco gas pipeline project is no longer considered as a possible export route for Azerbaijani gas. According to Conn, the partners on Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas condensate field development are now considering only two options to transport gas - Nabucco West, which is a shorter version of original project and the South East Europe Pipeline (SEEP).
According to the European Commission energy spokeswoman Marlene Holzner, the full-scale version of the Nabucco pipeline is still under consideration, Reuters reported. "To our understanding, the Nabucco classic version is still on the table," Holzner said.
Later Nabucco consortium stated about this. Negotiations between the Nabucco Shareholders and the Shah Deniz II partners are currently ongoing to find the best solution.
Nabucco project's original concept envisages the construction of the pipeline with the length at 3,900 kilometres from the Georgian-Turkish and Iraqi-Turkish borders to Baumgarten. The pipeline is expected to run through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria.
According to a new conception of the project, the pipeline will be laid from the Turkish-Bulgarian border to the Austrian Baumgarten.