Balkan gas hub struggle

Posted on June 16, 2016, 10:09 pm
9 mins

Over the past 15 years or so, Balkan -Southeastern European- states compete or collaborate towards the establishment of a peripheral gas hub system in the region that will enchase EU’s energy security architecture.

Terms such as South Stream, Turkish stream, Eastring, Tesla pipeline and so on have produced numerous headlines and various political and diplomatic brinkmanship. Nonetheless only one project is being on the verge of implementation that of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), in fact an offshoot of the largest Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) which itself a linkage of the Shah Deniz gas reserve in Azerbaijan.

This system of pipelines is collectively known as the “Southern Corridor” and the final aim is to create a set of spurs such as the Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline (IAP) for the Western Balkans, as well as, to design an system bind with the interconnections to be established between Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Greece and even further with Hungary.

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Political & Security Analyst-Consultant Ioannis Michaletos is an associate of the Institute for Defense & Security Analysis and the Mediterranean Center For Strategic Analysis and Intelligence in Athens, Greece. He is a political and security consultant for the IHS Jane’s Information Group and a Southeast European correspondent for the European Oil & Gas Monitor and the European Energy Review. He is an author and research coordinator for the Balkanalysis regional media service. Mr. Michaletos leads the Southeast European office of the World Security Network Foundation, contributes to the BRIGHT magazine in issues of Balkan organized crime, and is a member of the FLARE network (European network of civil society against transnational organized crime).