Menteri Energi dari lima negara di Eropa selatan menandatangani perjanjian dalam kerjasama dan mendukung pembangunan 1,300-1,400 km oil pipeline yang menghubungkan pelabuhan Black Sea Constanta, Rumania, ke Trieste, Italia. Penandatanganan secara resmi dilakukan pada tanggal 3 April di Sabreb ibukota Kroasia atas pipeline minyak Pan-European yang diusulkan, yang mana akan mengangkut minyak Caspian Sea.

Officials from Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Romania signed the agreement. European Union Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs also signed the agreement, saying he believes the Caspian Sea region will supply more oil to the world market in the future. Piebalgs said Europe needs new infrastructure to fulfill rising oil demand.

‘A lot of work still stands before us,’ Piebalgs said of the pipeline. Oil from the proposed pipeline eventually could be transported to western European markets. The energy ministers agreed to promote public support and attract financial backers to the project. Construction of the proposed $2.6 billion pipeline is expected to begin during 2011-13.

Sumber: www.ogj.com