The construction of the TAP pipeline could set an example of what a project developer’s role should be – to build a commercial infrastructure project, while mitigating any potential environmental and social challenges, writes Danila Bochkarev.
The European Commission welcomed on Friday (4 December) the start of the operations of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the last stretch of the Southern gas corridor, thanks to which gas pumped from the Shah Deniz offshore gas field in Azerbaijan started reaching Italy.
Many of the existing 'Projects of Common Interest' in the gas sector struggle to make economic sense and might end up as stranded assets. This waste of public resources must stop, writes Danila Bochkarev.
EXCLUSIVE / Unlike the five EU member states with Russian-built nuclear power plants, Ukraine is the only country implementing EU requirements for diversified portfolios of fuel supply, Michael Kirst, an official at Westinghouse, told EURACTIV.com.
Following the January 2009 gas crisis, diversification of gas supplies and the identification of additional supply sources have become a strategic priority for the EU.
With the extraordinary EU summit in May, dedicated to energy, EU leaders will have to be well prepared to discuss the bloc’s energy relations in the long-term.
Kazakhstan's leader said yesterday (18 July) the European Union was doing too little to bring to life the Nabucco pipeline, which aims to take Caspian Sea gas to Europe and reduce the bloc's dependence on Russia.