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Russo-Georgian conflict raises the stakes for European energy security

Recent Russian hostilities in Georgia, alongside PKK attacks on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, have exposed the tight link between geopolitics and energy security in upstream European supplies. While the EU is increasingly looking to Central Asia and the Middle East to diversify supply options, it will need strong resolve and plausible political incentives if such a strategy is to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2008
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Nabucco: still just a pipedream?

Nabucco faces many difficulties, most significantly soaring construction costs and sourcing the gas. However, the EU ETS has the potential to make the project economically viable. Furthermore, Turkmenistan is showing signs of commitment to supply the pipeline, and although improved Western-Iranian relations are not on the horizon, Iran should be considered a viable supply solution in the long run.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2008
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Gas pipelines: ensuring energy supply versus increasing market access

As discussions about the development of Europe's gas corridor continue, Bulgaria's energy minister has announced that the biggest two projects will "most probably" get derogation from the regulatory framework, which aims to improve competitor access to pipeline networks. This would be a setback for EU policy, but the union needs to face economic realities while improving energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2011
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Crunch time for Nabucco

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan delivered a pointed message to European energy markets on a three-day visit to Brussels last week, stating that, if talks on Turkey's accession to the EU remain blocked: "we would of course review our position". This was Ankara 'playing the energy card', and demonstrated how developments through 2008 have changed Europe's energy outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2009

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