NABUCCO PIPELINE STARTS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IN BULGARIA

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Nabucco Enters Environmental Impact Assessment Approval Procedure for Bulgarian 
Section  
The 422 km long Bulgarian section of the Nabucco pipeline has formally entered 
into the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Approval phase, the Nabucco 
National Company in the country announced today.
The documentation relating to the EIA procedure was submitted to the Ministry 
of Environment in Bulgaria on 31 October 2012. 
Earlier this year, Nabucco announced the completion of the EIA permitting 
process for the Hungarian section of the route, where the last of four permits 
was granted in June. 
Reinhard Mitschek, Managing Director of the Nabucco Gas Pipeline GmbH, said: 
“Nabucco is far advanced in Bulgaria, and we congratulate the team there on 
this next step in the development of the project. Nabucco is committed to 
following best practices in line with national and international regulations, 
to working with all stakeholders to ensure that we present a win-win situation 
for the countries we transit.” 
Marii Kossev, Managing Director of the Nabucco National Company in Bulgaria 
said: “We look forward to continuing our excellent cooperation with the 
authorities: to incorporating their feedback and working with the public and 
other stakeholders in the EIA process. Apart from promoting diversification of 
energy supply and freedom of choice for the Bulgarian consumer, Nabucco will 
create hundreds of jobs in Bulgaria, one billion euro of investment, taxes and 
create new business opportunities.” 
The submission of the EIA documentation represents the beginning of the legal 
process surrounding Environmental Impact Assessment in Bulgaria. Following a 
review by the competent authority, Nabucco (represented in Bulgaria by its 
national company), will incorporate feedback after consultations. The next step 
will be to hold public consultations along the route, after which the 
application will return to the authorities for a final decision. Connecting gas 
from the Caspian Region and the Middle East to over 500 million potential 
customers in Europe, Nabucco is the flagship project in the Southern Corridor. 
The Nabucco consortium continues to work closely with the Shah Deniz II 
consortium and with the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and remains 
confident that it offers the best solution to capture new supply sources and 
bring them to the large European consumer markets.