Potential producers, such as Turkmenistan - those with the resources to actually fill the pipeline -were left out, to await individual agreements tied to different phases of construction. Since the Nabucco concepts originated, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have been seen as the most likely producers which would allow the diversification of European gas imports away from overdependence on Russia.
THEWORLDTODAY.ORG JANUARY 2010 PAGE 30 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 THEWORLDTODAY.ORG JANUARY 2010 PAGE 31 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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