discusses gas supply options with Turkmen president
Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány met his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
in Turkmenistan last week to discuss issues surrounding the proposed Nabucco
told Berdimuhamedow that the viability of the Nabucco project is highly
dependent on receiving assurances from
the gas needed to pump into the pipeline.
six hours of talks, Gyurcsány said the Turkmen president “indicated that he
might be willing to make the commitment,” and was amenable to the Hungarian
PM’s planned Nabucco Summit in
Russian president Dmitri Medvedev had paid an official visit the previous week.
travelling on to
Gyurcsány met with Azeri president Ilham Aliyev last Monday evening. Aliyev
said his country would be prepared to pump a few million cubic metres of gas
into Nabucco, but did not intend to invest in the project.
minister’s plan for a summit in
for all potential participants in the Nabucco project was reported the
official announcement was made last Thursday when Gyurcsány was back on home
turf. “The Prime Minister initiated a summit meeting with the participation of
all the players in the Nabucco project: its shareholders, the transit countries
and the supply countries,” said the government spokesman David Daroczi.
angered the EU last year by calling the Nabucco project a “dream” and showing
apparent preference for
rival South Stream pipeline project. In February, he signed a deal with the
President Vladimir Putin, confirming that the EUR 10 billion Russian pipeline
will run through
after passing through
never heard the word ‘Nabucco’ from our Turkmen colleagues. Nabucco is a
virtual reality of European bureaucrats,” the Russian presidential aide Sergei
Prikhodko said last week while asserting that Turkmenistan will not be
participating in the Nabucco project,
comes as a blow to the EU and the
both of which are looking to Nabucco as a way of reducing
dependence on Russian gas supplies. Gyurcsány has said that he believes there
is room for both projects.
would connect the EU to gas reserves in Central Asia and the
possible to fill it. Besides
whereby it will import 10 billion cubic metres per year from each of the two
countries though a proposed Pre-Caspian Pipeline.
Iranian gas to
although, logistically this would make sense.
to settle many questions and uncertainties surrounding the plan, said
Gyurcsány. “Now is the time…to look each other in the eye and take a stand on
problems that come up,” he added, before cautioning that people must be
prepared for the possible conclusion that there is no point in building the