Journal Article

The Trans-Caspian pipeline: implications for the five littoral states

Bryce A. Cason

in The Journal of World Energy Law & Business

Volume 8, issue 5, pages 474-484
Published in print October 2015 | ISSN: 1754-9957
Published online September 2015 | e-ISSN: 1754-9965 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jwelb/jwv028
The Trans-Caspian pipeline: implications for the five littoral states

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Central Asia is strategically located at the crossroads of many natural gas production and consumption regions. Historically isolated because of lack of infrastructure and Soviet control, multiple projects are being proposed to transport gas from the rich reserves found in the Caspian Basin both eastward and westward. Littoral nations on the shore of the Caspian Sea are in a time of significant energy growth as the European Union has sought to eliminate reliance on Russian gas supply. The Trans-Caspian Pipeline (TCP) is one of these proposed projects. It would transport gas from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan through the seabed of the Caspian Sea from which it could be transported on to Europe, eliminating Russia from the transport process. In this article, we will look at the background of the pipeline’s proposal, setbacks arising, and how the construction would affect each of the five littoral nations.

Journal Article.  4750 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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