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Turkey: Natural Gas

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the Nabucco project; what his recent assessment of progress on the project is; and if he will make a statement. (276662)

The UK sees diversity of energy sources as vital for its own and the EU’s energy security. The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute in January this year underlined the importance of the EU obtaining supplies of gas from a wide range of countries. The development of a southern corridor with the aim of bringing gas from the Caspian region via Turkey to the EU is core to this.

The UK fully supports the Nabucco pipeline project as a key element in the development of a southern corridor for gas and continues to engage actively with EU partners and countries in the region to develop this project.

We welcome the Spring European Council conclusions which called for the commission to bring forward an action plan for the development of the southern corridor by the end of the year. The presidency’s Southern Corridor summit declaration of 8 May 2009 also demonstrated the EU’s strong political commitment to work to diversify sources of energy supply.