Gas pipeline in search of support

Representatives of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will try to secure the Greek government?s support in the natural gas transmission project during a meeting with Deputy Minister for Energy Asimakis Papageorgiou on Wednesday in Athens.

The consortium that has undertaken the pipeline?s construction will also have a similar meeting with the Italian government, as it is only with the support of both Athens and Rome that TAP will have a realistic chance of winning the tender for the transmission of Azeri natural gas to Western Europe over rival pipeline Nabucco West.

TAP consortium representatives are expected to seek a clear signal of support from Papageorgiou today for the only pipeline that goes through Greek territory after the definitive rejection of the Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy (ITGI) pipeline.

Michael Hoffmann, TAP?s director of external relations, told reporters yesterday in Athens that the Azeri government will make its decision in September or October.