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Energy 23-03-2014

South Stream victim of Crimea annexation

The South Stream pipeline project, which carries Russian gas to Europe, bypassing Ukraine, may be “dead”, following the EU summit in which leaders decided that the Union should increase its energy independence from Russia.
Energy 21-03-2014

EU plans to reduce Russian energy dependence

A two-day summit ended in Brussels today (21 March), with EU leaders tasking the European Commission to come up with a plan for decreasing energy dependence, primarily from Russia. 
Energy 27-06-2013

EU-backed Nabucco project ‘over’ after rival pipeline wins Azeri gas bid

Nabucco West, the Austrian-led consortium that was bidding to build a pipeline to bring Azeri gas to Europe, has not been selected by the gas field's operators, the company announced yesterday (26 June). The choice of the Shah Deniz consortium is for the rival Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
Energy 29-05-2013

Mitschek: Nabucco answers Azerbaijan’s strategic consideration

Nabucco chief executive Reinhard Mitschek, who leads one of he two companies competing to obtain 10 billion of cubic metres of gas annually from the Shah Deniz gas field in Azerbaijan, made the case that his project means more diversification of exports for Azerbaijan by bringing its gas to at least 16 countries in Europe.
Energy 30-04-2013

Azerbaijan to choose between Nabucco, TAP on commercial terms

Azerbaijan's choice between two pipeline projects to carry its gas to Europe must focus on obtaining the strongest commercial terms, Industry and Energy Minister Natik Aliyev said on Tuesday (30 April).
Energy 29-03-2013

Communication crossfire signals high tension in pipeline race

Nabucco West and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the two companies competing for Azerbaijani gas projects, have issued simultaneous statements today (29 March) that they have submitted the final package supporting their bids. The Shah Deniz consortium will chose between the two in June.
Energy 13-02-2013

Oettinger gives thumbs up to trans-Adriatic pipeline

The EU's Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger welcomed the signature today (13 February) of an agreement between the governments of Italy, Albania and Greece to build the Trans-Adriatic pipeline TAP, as a possible component of the Southern gas corridor linking the EU to the resource-rich Caspian region.
Energy 31-01-2013

Race between Nabucco and TAP pipeline hots up

Representatives of Nabucco and TAP, the rival pipelines planned to carry gas from the Shah Deniz II offshore field in Azerbaijan, both told EURACTIV they were in a better position to obtain the contract. A decision by Azerbaijan is expected in June.
Energy 23-01-2013

After Nabucco, TAP too proposes shares to Azerbaijan

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP ) group has agreed offer up to 50% of its shares to the Shah Deniz gas consortium - made up of Azerbaijan's state gas company SOCAR and leading European energy partners. The deal follows the rival Nabucco pipeline's recent decision to give the Caspian Sea gas consortium the chance to acquire half of its shares.
Energy 21-12-2012

Azerbaijan to buy 50% stake in Nabucco

Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz II gas group could agree to take a 50% stake in the Nabucco pipeline consortium by January, boosting Nabucco's prospects in a competition between projects that aim to pipe Azeri offshore gas into Europe.
Energy 31-10-2012

Gazprom plans Vladivostok pipeline to lessen reliance on Europe

Russia's Gazprom committed more than €29 billion to develop an East Siberian gas field and build a pipeline to the Pacific port of Vladivostok in a bid to lessen its reliance on exports to Europe and develop Asian markets, amid falling demand from Europe.
Energy 19-10-2012

Blasts blamed on terrorists disrupt gas flow in Turkey

At least three explosions severed Turkish pipelines carrying natural gas from Iran and Azerbaijan, media reported on Friday (19 October). Turkey is seen as a key transit country for supplying Europe.
Energy 18-09-2012

Leaked EU paper maps energy infrastructure black spots

EU countries are urged to speed up the connections of their gas and electricity grids, according to a draft European Commission report on investment in energy infrastructure, seen by EURACTIV.
Central Europe 28-08-2012

Gazprom links gas price to South Steam participation

  Russia’s Gazprom and the Bulgarian government have reached a deal under which Bulgaria will commit to the developing the South Stream pipeline while simultaneously signing a long-term pricing agreement for Russian natural gas.
Energy 17-07-2012

Final decision on South Stream pipeline in sight

A consortium backing the Gazprom-led South Stream pipeline expects to make a final investment decision within months, says the head of one of its second largest shareholder, Italy’s Eni energy.
Energy 28-06-2012

Gas pipeline deal sidelines original Nabucco project

Turkey and Azerbaijan have signed an agreement to build the Trans-Anatolia Gas Pipeline (TANAP), a move welcomed by the European Commission as a major step towards completing the Southern Gas Corridor project.
Energy 02-04-2012

Russia’s energy plans for Turkey

Greater gas discounts combined with an offer to build natural gas storage facilities may help Russia increase its leverage in Turkey, writes Stratfor.
Central Europe 02-04-2012

Bulgaria opens doors to South Stream pipeline

Bulgaria and Russia have agreed that a final investment decision on the South Stream gas pipeline will be taken in November. Russia is speeding up construction of the pipeline, which will bring Russian gas through the Black Sea to Bulgaria and countries further west.
Energy 29-02-2012

TAP pipeline director: South Stream is irrelevant

As long as the consortium managing the gas from Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan is ready and willing to guarantee supplies of gas to Italy via the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), Gazprom's South Stream project "is irrelevant", TAP Managing Director Kjetil Tungland told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Energy 29-02-2012

Southern gas corridor takes shape

A southern gas corridor is taking shape with one branch leading to Italy via the Trans Adriatic pipeline (TAP), and the other one, called "the northern route", to be built either by the Nabucco consortium or the South East Europe Pipeline project (SEEP) - which enjoys the support of an Azerbaijan gas consortium - the TAP director told EURACTIV.
Energy 27-02-2012

ITGI fights to stay in the race for Azeri gas

Without the participation of the Turkey-Greece-Italy Interconnector (ITGI), no other competitor can complete the offshore section to Italy, says the chief executive of Greece's publicly owned gas company DEPA. The project is intended to transport gas from Azerbaijan to Europe in 2018.
Energy 27-02-2012

DEPA exec: Southern gas corridor still needs ITGI

The selection of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project for the Italian pipeline portion of the Southern gas corridor is only a "provisional decision", says Harry Sachinis, chairman and chief executive of the Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA). In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, he insists that TAP lacks the necessary licences ITGI has. 
Energy 21-02-2012

Greek crisis kills ITGI pipeline project

Azerbaijan has eliminated one of the main competitors bidding for the gas of the Shah Deniz II offshore field, apparently over concerns that one of project's partners, Greek gas company DEPA, would not be able to carry on with the project.
Energy 13-12-2011

Azerbaijan postpones gas auction decision

Azerbaijan has delayed until March 2012 a decision on which bidder will get natural gas produced as part of the Shah Deniz field's second stage. Nabucco and three other pipeline projects are competing in the auction and results were expected this month.

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