Top EU official to discuss Nabucco project in Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan

BRUSSELS. January 6. KAZINFORM. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will visit Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan where he will discuss Nabucco gas pipeline project, the European top official said Wednesday.

"I will be travelling next week together with (Energy) Commissioner (Guenther) Oettinger to Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to push for the Southern Corridor initiative," Barroso said.

"Certainly, our goal is to have the clear commitments of those countries regarding the Southern Corridor and including, of course, Nabucco," he said.

Barroso will visit Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on January 13-15.

The Nabucco project, supposed to pump gas from the Caspian region to European countries via Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Austria, is a key element of the western strategy to cut Europe's dependence on Russian energy supplies.

The $11-billion pipeline is expected to have an annual capacity of 31 billion cubic meters of gas, or no more than 5% of Europe's gas consumption in 2020, Kazinform refers to RIA Novosti.

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