Nabucco West is a modified concept of the Nabucco project. The concept foresees the construction of a 1,300 km pipeline that will run from the Bulgarian-Turkish border to the Central European Gas Hub.

The pipeline is designed to transport gas to European markets, initially from Azerbaijan, and is fully scalable to meet future gas transport demand from the Caspian Region and Middle East.

Nabucco West will benefit from the existing legal framework, namely the intergovernmental agreement, project support agreements, and third-party access exemptions as the Nabucco base case, and will follow exactly the same route on European Union territory.

Nabucco Gas Pipeline International (NIC) Managing Director Reinhard Mitschek said “We are convinced that we have submitted a competitive and comprehensive proposal to the Shah Deniz II Consortium, and that this proposal represents a win-win situation for our shareholders and for suppliers alike.”

The originally proposed 3,900 km, 56 inch diameter Nabucco gas pipeline would link the eastern border of Turkey to Baumgarten in Austria via Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary.

Project shareholders include OMV (Austria), MOL (Hungary), Transgaz (Romania), Bulgarian Energy Holding (Bulgaria), Botas (Turkey), and RWE (Germany), with each company holding an equal 16.67 per cent share in NIC.