Nabucco Pipeline Supplies in Doubt

The viability of a planned 3,200-kilometer natural gas pipeline from eastern Turkey to Austria is in doubt because of a halt to gas exports from Central Asia, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Turkmenistan stopped pumping gas to Iran in December because of the coldest winter in decades and a price dispute. That led Iran to halt supplies to Turkey, which in turn stopped shipments to Greece, a member of the European Union, the newspaper said.

The planned $7.4 billion pipeline, called Nabucco, would get its gas from Azerbaijan and perhaps Turkmenistan, Iran, Egypt and Iraq, the newspaper said.

The EU has been looking at possible alternative sources of gas ever since Russia cut supplies to Ukraine two years ago during a dispute that was partly about prices and partly about politics, paper added.