Nabucco gas pipeline nations wary of Iran-US envoy

WASHINGTON, July 16 Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:07pm BST

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - Countries participating in the Nabucco gas pipeline consortium would not agree to Iranian participation as a supplier now, even if some of them might like to see it eventually, U.S. special energy envoy Richard Morningstar said on Thursday.

"I don't think there would be agreement at this point among the Nabucco consortium, for Iranian participation at this time," the U.S. envoy for Eurasian energy told the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

European Union countries and Turkey on Monday signed a transit deal for the Nabucco gas pipeline, aimed at cutting Europe's energy dependence on Russia. Transit countries Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria signed the accord for the 7.9 billion euro ($11 billion) European Union and United States-backed project, which aims to supply Europe with gas from the Caspian and Middle East.

(Editing by David Gregorio)