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Consortium Turns Down Nabucco West Pipeline

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Austrian energy company OMV has announced that the consortium developing Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz-2 natural-gas and oil field has rejected using the proposed multibillion-dollar Nabucco West pipeline.

OMV, the lead partner of the Nabucco West group, released a statement on June 26 saying the consortium informed the firm about "the decision on their preferred gas-transportation route to Europe."

The decision means it's likely the shorter and cheaper Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will be used to carry the gas extracted from under the Caspian Sea to the European market.

Nabucco West and TAP were the only two bidders in the project to transport the Azerbaijani gas.

The Nabucco West route would have taken gas from the Turkish border through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and into Austria.

TAP would take the gas from the Turkish border through Greece, Albania, and across the Adriatic Sea to Italy.

Either route achieves the aim, backed by Washington, of reducing Europe's dependence on Russian gas.

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Consortium Turns Down Nabucco West Pipeline

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