Friday, July 3, 2009

Romania confirms Nabucco gas deal signing on July 13

BUCHAREST, July 3 (Reuters) - An intergovernmental accord for the Nabucco natural gas pipeline will be signed in Ankara on July 13, Romania's Economy Minister said on Friday, confirming what Turkish and EU sources had told Reuters [nL3288256].

"On July 13, the intergovernmental accord on Nabucco will be signed in Turkey," Adriean Videanu told Reuters by telephone from Azerbaijan where he is on a two-day visit.

Videanu said Turkey's "15 percent issue" was also solved.

"As far as I know it is solved, but I do not know details."

Turkey has delayed the signing of transit agreements by demanding 15 percent of the Nabucco's 31 billion cubic metre capacity throughput for its domestic usage or for re-export. (Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by William Hardy )

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