Essen, 16 November 2009, RWE AGThis pressinformation is more than two years old

Nabucco is the most economic link for Caspian gas to Europe

  • Nabucco transportation tariffs and wellhead to market costs are much cheaper than any other mooted projects
  • The highest value transportation route for Caspian producers is thus Nabucco
  • Nabucco gives Europe the best guarantee of security of supply through diversified gas route and diversified sources of supply
  • Nabucco will encourage more market competition than any other project

RWE today announced that Nabucco will offer the cheapest option to Caspian gas producers such as Azerbaijan to link their gas resources with the large downstream markets of Europe. Comparing publicly available data from other pipeline projects as South Stream, Interconnector Greece-Italy (IGI) and Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP), RWE has established clear evidence of the considerable benefits for Nabucco. Stefan Judisch, CEO of RWE Supply & Trading said: “Nabucco offers the Caspian producers the highest net back value for their planned gas deliveries to Europe and the most secure transportation route. The figures clearly show that Nabucco is significantly the cheapest of all the proposed Southern Corridor projects in terms of the cost of transporting the gas to Europe.” Opening the Southern Corridor through Nabucco will enhance security of supply for Europe and security of demand and gas prices for suppliers in the Caspian region and the Middle East.

Sufficient gas for Nabucco is available from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iraq, all of whom have declared their commitment to supply Europe with gas, and shown very clear interest in using Nabucco to transport it. Only Nabucco can demonstrate to the gas supply countries with significant supply export capacity (up to 31 bcm/a) through a secure dedicated pipeline that has transparent and non-discriminatory access. RWE is in gas supply discussions with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan and is expecting to see first gas supply contracts with the Caspian region in the first half of 2010.

RWE has compiled the information available from the websites of the respective companies responsible for the pipeline projects and other public sources. RWE has on that basis alone made a comparative study of transport tariffs for South Stream, IGI, TAP and Nabucco.

The results clearly conclude that Nabucco provides a very distinct economic advantage to gas producers and shippers. On distance basis the Nabucco tariff is 40% to 73% cheaper than the other projects, and the total wellhead to market costs of Nabucco are 15% to 27% below the other pipelines. Investment cost estimates show that building cost for each bcm installed capacity of South Stream is 50% above the respective cost of Nabucco.

In addition, other important factors speak in favour of Nabucco: Nabucco will enhance overall security of supply and increase market competition in Europe. South Stream leads to no real diversification of gas supply sources. IGI/TAP are primarily dedicated to small and already overcontracted regional markets, and do little to create energy security for countries most dependent on gas imports from one source. Nor do they offer any substantial transport capacity for caspian suppliers to diversify their export base.

Nabucco is moving forward according to plan, while South Stream has not yet started its route planning or feasibility studies. IGI/TAP are dependent on access to the Turkish gas transport system (Nabucco has secured these rights through the signing of the Inter-Governmental Agreement in Ankara on the 13th of July, 2009) and TAP is likely to continue to be constrained by the political and practical difficulties connected with a Iranian gas supply agreement.

Finally, only Nabucco is able to increase competition in the gas markets: half of its capacity will be reserved for third party shippers, rather than the pipeline being reserved totally for gas owned by the pipeline builders; a non-discriminatory and transparent Open Season will be held in 2010 to allow shippers to make firm bookings. Tariffs will be based on a common methodology and are following
a one-stop-shop-principle.

Additional information as links:
Nabucco Internet-Special
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