Nabucco Consortium submits new proposal to Shah Deniz II Consortium

Nabucco Consortium submits new proposal to Shah Deniz II Consortium

The Nabucco Consortium on May 16, 2012 submitted a proposal to the Shah Deniz II Consortium for the construction of a “Nabucco West” pipeline, which would bring Caspian gas from the Bulgarian-Turkish border to Baumgarten and beyond.

“We are convinced that we have submitted a competitive and comprehensive proposal to the Shah Deniz II Consortium, and that this proposal represents a win-win situation for our shareholders and for suppliers alike”, said Reinhard Mitschek, Managing Director of Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH.

Nabucco West is a modified concept of the Nabucco project. The concept foresees the construction of a 1300 km pipeline that will run from the Bulgarian/Turkish border to the Central European Gas Hub. The pipeline is designed to transport gas initially from Azerbaijan and is fully scalable to meet future gas transport demand from the Caspian Region and Middle-East to the European markets. Nabucco West will benefit from the existing legal framework, namely the Intergovernmental Agreement, Project Support Agreements and third party access exemptions as the Nabucco base case and will follow exactly the same route on European Union territory.

Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH (NIC) was set up on 24 June 2004 to develop, construct and operate the Nabucco pipeline. Headquartered in Vienna, it is an unbundled midstream-company under EU law. NIC is owned by the Nabucco shareholders and is responsible for the development, construction, operation and capacity trading and allocation for the Nabucco pipeline. NIC will be the only company in direct contact with the shippers and will offer a one-stop-shop solution, operating as an independent economic entity in the market, and acting independently from its parent companies. The pipeline system will be constructed by the National Nabucco Companies (NNCs), which are subsidiaries of NIC in each of the transit countries.

The Nabucco shareholders are: OMV (Austria), FGSZ (Hungary), Transgaz (Romania), Bulgarian Energy Holding (Bulgaria), Botas (Turkey) and RWE (Germany). Each shareholder holds an equal share of 16.67% of Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH. It is the shareholders who are responsible for the negotiation of gas contracts.


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