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    Europe turns to Kazakhstan for Nabucco gas supply

    HotNewsTurkew Staff
    21.10.2008 - 11:25 | Son Güncelleme:

    The EU has proposed a "high-level meeting" with Caspian basin and energy transit countries, such as Turkey and Georgia, in spring 2009 in a bid to kick-start the diversification of gas supplies, New Europe reported on Monday.

    Kazakhstan may become a supplier for the U.S. and EU-backed Nabucco gas pipeline project, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet told New Europe.

     

    Paet said that "it's not even important from where in a sense the energy comes from or the majority of energy, but it is important that we have alternatives. It means not only one source but different sources."

     

    He reminded that the EU is also now building up its common energy policy and the most important part is how to get real alternatives. He said the EU is discussing the pipelines trans-Caspian connections, Norwegian gas pipelines and Nabucco.

     

    The 3,300 km (2050 mile) pipeline project is designed to bring 30 billion cubic meters of central Asian gas annually to Europe via Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. Supporters say it is vital to wean Europe from its over-dependency on Russian energy.

     

    Paet said both Europe and Kazakshtan was positive about energy diversification."...As far as I understand there is interest from both sides, from the European side and also from the Kazakhstan side, to really have this trans-Caspian connection,” Paet was quoted as saying on the sideline of a foreign ministers conference in Astana.

     

    The proposal for the high-level meeting in 2009 is an idea that would take place under the upcoming Czech presidency, Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, spokesman for EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs also said according to the report.

     

    "I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens," he said, adding that the conflict in Georgia has not hindered Nabucco instead, it increased the urgency to push forward the EU-backed project that has been discussed for a long time, New Europe reported.

     

    Tarradellas Espuny also noted that a second EU energy review is being discussed by the European Commission and on Nov. 12 it will come up with a package of measures addressing energy security, including some measures about security of the supply of gas.

     

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