Russia’s Gazprom mulls construction of South European Pipeline

MOSCOW - Russia’s state-controlled gas monopolist Gazprom may build an export pipeline to southern Europe to complement the North European Gas Pipeline (NEGP) that is now under construction, a company spokesman said in Moscow on Wednesday.

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Published: Wed 21 Jun 2006, 7:51 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:25 PM

The South European Pipeline would be used not only to transport Russian natural gas but also gas from third countries (Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan), spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.

The Blue Stream gas transportation corridor connecting Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea would be used in the realization of the project.

Hungary would be the node point for the line into eastern and southern Europe, Kupriyanov said. He gave no indication of its estimated timeframe and cost.

Diversification of gas transport routes is a key element of both Russian and European energy policy.

Spurred on by the January gas dispute with Ukraine which resulted in gas shortfalls in European countries, Russia with Germany began building the North European Gas Pipeline shortly after.

The first of twin gas lines in the NEGP is due for completion in 2010 and will run from Siberian gas fields under the Baltic Sea to Germany.

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