Nabucco gas pipeline project redivivus
According to Focus News Agency, Bulgaria wants the European Commission to revive plans for the Nabucco gas pipeline.
“We want Nabucco pipeline project to be unfrozen and more precisely – its part through Bulgaria,” Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said after the meeting with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev. Boyko Borisov commented further that Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and he would present the project before the European Commission (EC). “Bulgaria cannot be only a break, Bulgaria cannot only defend the interests of the EC, speaking of this project, which is entirely in NATO and Europe’s favour, and we have been investing money in Nabucco for years,” President Ilham Aliyev remarked.
“The Southern Gas Corridor is the biggest infrastructure project realised in Europe. I am very happy that Bulgaria takes part in this project and that it is a country already receiving Azeri gas,” said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. “I hope that in the future Bulgaria will become a transit country that will transport Azeri gas to other EU countries.”
The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), a rival project to Nabucco that will bring Azeri gas to Italy via Greece, is still under consideration. President Aliyev also mentioned Bulgaria could build an interconnector with Greece to draw gas from the TAP route, which could then be sent on to Romania and Hungary. “We think that we can unite TAP and Nabucco. It is not important what you call this route. Our main goal is that the volumes of Azeri gas enter Europe,” Aliyev stated. “The more EU countries receive our gas, the better for all.”