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Turkey joins NABUCCO

By Messenger Staff
Tuesday, June 8
Turkey has officially confirmed its decision to participate in NABUCCO project. When devised in 2004 NABUCCO was intended to provide natural gas to Europe from Iran, but due to Iran's controversial nuclear programme this decision was changed in 2006 and it was decided that the natural gas would be provided by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Later the possible involvement of Iraq was considered.

Turkey seeks to play a key transit role in all projects, whether the natural gas comes from the Caspian region or Iraq. If NABUCCO gets going it will substantially diversify the European energy supply market, competing with Russian supplies to Europe.