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Further note: Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs was in Athens yesterday and commented on both projects discussed, pretty much in the same vein as the US government: B-S pipeline great, TGI even better as long as Gazprom stays out of it:

Piebalgs praised the work Greece does for diversification of energy supplies to the European Union and to the world markets. "Quick realisation of the Bourgas-Alexandroupolis project will give much more chances to deliver oil from the Caspian region to the world markets," he told the press conference...

The commissioner said he hoped that a new natural gas pipeline project expected to connect Greece with Italy will "ship gas from the Caspian area and... new suppliers." The pipeline would be an extension of the Turkey-Greece gas pipeline.

Asked about Gazprom's participation in the Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline, the commissioner told New Europe that so far he has not heard about such a plan. Piebalgs said the Commission hopes that the pipeline would carry gas from the Caspian countries. "We have enough Russian gas in our infrastructure. We are not short of gas from Russia, we are short from other suppliers," he said.



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by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sat Apr 14th, 2007 at 07:37:11 PM EST
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