The Nabucco pipeline, which aims to carry natural gas from the Caspian region to Europe, may also take fuel from Iran and Russia to help the project meet its capacity, the head of Turkey's Botaş pipeline company said yesterday.
Botaş "is not opposed to including Russian gas in the pipeline,'' Saltuk Duzyol, head of Botaş, one of Nabucco's six partners, told reporters at a conference in Ankara yesterday.
Gas from Iran and Iraq may also help Nabucco reach its annual capacity of 31 billion cubic meters when it opens in 2013, he said.
The European Union has said it will not seek Iranian gas. The pipeline is planned to procure gas from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to reduce the EU's reliance on imports from Russia, which provides a quarter of the region's consumption.
Hungary, a Nabucco partner, supports OAO Gazprom's plans to build the "South Stream'' pipeline to Europe.
Efforts by Turkey's partners in the 5 billion euro ($7.9 billion) pipeline to build separate links with Russia could undermine Nabucco, Duzyol also said yesterday.
"Regardless that our partners say these projects are not competing with Nabucco, it is clear that they do if South Stream uses Turkmen and Kazakh gas,'' he said.
"When there is not enough gas, I do not think there is a chance that both projects can work at the same time.''
The United States has said using Russian and Iranian gas for Nabucco would hurt efforts to diversify the EU's supply, while also urging a boycott of Iranian commercial interests because of the country's nuclear program.
"When we look at Turkey's and Europe's gas needs in the coming 20 years, we have to consider all supply options, including Iran,'' Duzyol said.
Turkey is seeking to revise the transportation fees it will charge in Nabucco, which will stretch 3,300 kilometers (2,070 miles) into Austria, so that they are based on current costs, Duzyol said.
Duzyol also said that the Nabucco project does not need any other partners after Germany's RWE AG joined last month. Hungary's Mol Nyrt, Austria's OMV AV, Bulgaria's Bulgargaz AD and Romania's Transgas are the other partners in the project.
Turkey opposes including Gaz de France SA, which runs Europe's biggest gas network, because the French government recognized the World War I deaths of Armenians as "genocide".
Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Mart 2008, 14:28