Shah Deniz consortium may fall back on SEEP27. January 2012. / Uncategorized
The consortium of Azerbaijani Shah Deniz gas field development may fall back on the South-East Europe Pipeline (SEEP), if the pipeline partner is not chosen by late March, Reuters quotes BP Shah Deniz Development marketing manager Steve Garlick, as saying.
“If it can not choose a pipeline partner at the end of March, the group could fall back on its South-East Europe Pipeline to buy time to sort out any remaining issues”, he said
SEEP, which was proposed by BP, envisages gas transportation through existing or expanded infrastructure of Turkey to the Balkan Peninsula, and then the distribution of ten billion cubic meters (that Azerbaijan intends to sell on the European market in the second phase of development of the Shah Deniz gas condensate field) to small buyers, including Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and others via the existing gas pipelines system.
“We have put a lot of resource behind our own SEEP project just to make sure that we do have an option when we get to the middle of 2013 where you have to press the button on $15 billion plus of expenditure” for Shah Deniz II”, Garlick said.
Garlick also expressed hope that the Shah Deniz consortium can propose a pipeline partner within weeks.
“We are moving towards hopefully forming a recommendation, certainly by the end of the first quarter,” Garlick told the European Gas Conference.
He also added that the consortium has not yet eliminated any suitors in the pipeline contest.
“Everyone is still in the running, very much, he said. None of the three projects is sufficiently de-risked that we would want to choose one of them. Each of them we feel needs to do some work,” he underscored.
At present, Azerbaijan considers different options to transport its gas to the European markets, including the Southern Gas Corridor.
On Oct. 1, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), Nabucco and ITGI projects submitted the final proposals to the Azerbaijani side, which will review them in accordance with the previously announced criteria. The decision on the preferable transportation route is expected to be made in the first quarter of 2012.Azerbaijan plans to export 10 billion cubic metres of gas within the Shah Deniz-2 project.
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