Romania can ask Gaz the France for help regarding its part in the Nabucco project, official says

Publish date: 06-02-2008
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The government can ask Gaz de France for a collaboration concerning Romania's part in the Nabucco project, said the country's Foreign Affairs Minister Adrian Cioroianu; the official admitted tackling the subject during his visit in France, in mid January this year.

Cioroianu noted it is in Romania's interest for Gaz de France, the owner of Europe's largest natural-gas network, to be involved in an ambitious and expensive project such as Nabucco. President Traian Basescu yesterday said Gaz de France will be involved in the Nabucco project.

His statement came after talking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who yesterday visited Romania. The Nabucco project refers to the construction of a 3,300 kilometers long pipeline which will transport gas from the Middle East and Asia to EU countries.

The pipeline will traverse several southeastern European countries. Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria and Romania associated towards the construction of the pipeline, in a move to cut dependency from Russia's gas.

People close to the Romanian president told the daily Cotidianul it was Sarkozy who asked Basescu's support for France's involvement in the Nabucco project.

Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu told Cotidianul the involvement of Gaz de France in the mentioned project was negotiated by Romania and France's heads of foreign affairs.

Romania's Economy and Finance Minister Varujan Vosganian said the involvement of the owner of Europe's largest natural-gas network in the project will be debated in Vienna.

Austria's capital will host the signing of the agreement through which RWE, Germany's second-largest utility, will take part in the Nabucco project.


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