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          GAS FOR THE NABUCCO PIPELINE
          Alexandros Petersen, SENIOR FELLOW, EURASIA CENTER, ATLANTIC COUNCIL, WASHINGTON DC




                                              Energy
                                                Aria

          The Nabucco gas pipeline
          project takes its name from one
          of Verdi’s great spectacles. But
          the plot for this energy opera
          would rival any by the great
          composer. If consumers, transit
                                                                           t               HE LATEST ACT IN THE OPERA THAT IS EURASIAN
                                                                                           pipeline geopolitics was a so-called informal
                                                                                           Caspian summit outside the Kazakh port city
                                                                                           of Aktau. The closed-door agenda-less
                                                                                           meeting in September, between the leaders of
                                                                                           Azerbaijan,       Kazakhstan,      Russia
                                                                           Turkmenistan was closely watched by Turkey and a number of
                                                                           Eastern European countries. What do all these actors have in
                                                                           common? A stake in the infamous Nabucco natural gas pipeline.
                                                                              A lavish signing ceremony for the project was staged in
                                                                                                                                        and




                                                                           Ankara in July. But the agreement to build the strategic route
          countries and suppliers do not                                   to bring Caspian and possibly Middle Eastern gas to European
                                                                           consumers beyond Russian control was only signed by
          start to sing from the same score,                               consumer and transit countries. Potential producers, such as
                                                                           Turkmenistan – those with the resources to actually fill
          it could turn into tragedy.                                      the pipeline – were left out, to await individual agreements tied
                                                                           to different phases of construction.


                         | INDEPENDENT THINKING ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
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                               Since the Nabucco concepts             L A R G E ST E N E R GY H U B
                           originated,        Azerbaijan      and        It may well be Iran that benefits most from th
								
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