The planned Nabucco gas pipeline will avoid Russian territory and lessen reliance on Russian energy

Energy: The Nabucco pipeline - an ongoing political drama

The Nabucco pipeline is at the centre of a political drama which could tip the balance away from Russia's dominance over the supply of gas to Europe. GIS expert Dr Friedemann Mueller sets the scene in this special report, considers the situation today and looks at the major players in this controversial performance.

NABUCCO. The name, to many, conjures images not of the 140-year-old opera by the Italian romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi but of a soap opera set in Central Asia and Europe - and now in its tenth year.

The natural gas pipeline project Nabucco - named after the opera - is a project to link the Caspian region of Central A...

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Dr. Friedemann Mueller
Both Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are under heavy pressure from Russia not to build this pipeline because the legal status of the Caspian Sea is disputed. For Russia - and Iran - it is advantageous to keep this status unclear to restrict activities not in their interests
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