Natural Gas: Pipelines

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Bowness Lord Bowness Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the development of the Nabucco pipeline and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline; and how they are affected by European Union sanctions against Russia.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

In June 2013 the Shah Deniz consortium announced the selection of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline to transport Azerbaijani gas to European markets. The UK strongly supports the development of the southern gas corridor, and the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), visited Azerbaijan on 17 December 2013 to attend the Final Investment Decision (FID) signing ceremony for the second phase of the Shah Deniz gas field. We remain in close contact with governments along the route, as well as the companies involved in Shah Deniz and the Trans Anatolian and Trans Adriatic pipelines. These projects are not affected by EU sanctions against Russia.

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