Iran Tabled Rebirth of Nabucco at Meeting with Bulgaria PM, Ambassador Says
Monday, 04 May 2015
Iran put forward a revival of Nabucco project during recent talks with Bulgaria's Prime Minister and other officials, the country's Ambassador to Sofia has said.
Asked by Novinite to confirm reports that emerged earlier this week of a meeting between him and PM Boyko Borisov, H.E. Abdollah Norouzi has explained that a renewal of the now abandoned pipeline project was among the issues he touched during the conversation, "having in mind the idea... about the creation of a gas hub in Bulgaria".
Mr Norouzi, however, stops short of discussing any specific offer of assistance in building the hub, unlike in the story run by the Mehr News Agency this week.
According to him, Borisov was accompanied by a Deputy PM (previous reports cited the name of Tomislav Donchev, who oversees economic policy and EU funding), Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, and Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova. Government officials have not yet commented on the reports.
In the Ambassador's words, "one of the means of diversification of gas supplies [in Europe] is the use of the Nabucco gas pipeline with the partnership of the Islamic Republic of Iran".
Mr Norouzi has argued that if Nabucco is renewed and linked to Iran, its envisaged capacity from 12 billion cubic meters to 70 bcm on a yearly basis.