Speaker of Chamber of Deputies discusses Nabucco project with President of Turkmen Parliament

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Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Roberta Anastase on Wednesday met Akdja Nurberdiyeva, President of the Turkmen Parliament, with whom she discussed the participation in the Nabucco project.

Roberta Anastase reiterated the importance Romania attached to the cooperation in the energy field and voiced hope that the Nabucco project would benefit by the participation of the Republic of Turkmenistan.

The two officials remarked the intensification of the political cooperation between the two countries. In context Roberta Anastase emphasized the importance of the law-making bodies for the strengthening of the bilateral relations and, in this respect, mentioned the recent setting up of the friendship group between the two countries in the Romanian Parliament.

The President of the Turkmen Parliament pointed to the potential of intensifying the economic cooperation between the two countries, hoping that Romania would go on granting technical assistance in fields of much interest.

Planned to be an alternative to the natural gas supplied by Russia, Nabucco is a project estimated at 7.9 billion euros, which refers to carrying natural gas from the Caspian Sea region to Europe through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. The pipeline is to be 3,300 km long and carry about 31 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually.

The Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH consortium includes the companies OMV, Austria, RWE, Germany, MOL, Hungary, Transgaz, Romania, Bulgargaz, Bulgaria and Botgas, Turkey, each of them owning 16.7 percent.
The leaders of the state involved in the Nabucco project met this spring in Ankara, where they signed the political agreement on building the gas pipeline meant to reduce the EU energy dependence on Russia.

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