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New Gas Pipeline via Romania by Gazprom

Gazprom is in search of more partners in South Stream Pipeline Project

Alexei Miller, Gazprom's CEO discussed gas cooperation with the head of Romanian state-owned gas pipeline operator Transgaz Ioan Rusu and the head of state-run gas producer Romgas Francisc Toth at their meeting in Moscow.

Gazprom thus is seeking more partners to join its and Italian energy major Eni's South Stream gas pipeline which will run Russian gas from the Black Sea to south-eastern Europe.

Russia has already agreed to route the pipeline via Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Greece and is now in talks with Slovenia and Austria to join the project.

Romania is a parter in another gas link, the EU and U.S.-backed Nabucco pipeline, which is expected to rival South Stream and take Caspian Sea gas to southern Europe.

Europe has repeatedly stressed Nabucco is key for it to reduce dependence on Russian energy supplies.