September 21, 2016
On September 21, 2016, the Global Energy Center hosted a panel on whether the Southern Gas Corridor is on track, as it is facing geopolitical and financial issues. Joe Murphy, Vice President of the Southern Corridor with BP, addressed that construction is underway in five countries and that the project is expected to be under-budget. Agnia Grigas, Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, highlighted the geopolitical threats, noting that Russia’s planned Turkish Stream pipeline is competing against the Southern Corridor to deliver gas to southern Europe. Lastly, Daniel Stein, former Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy and the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the US Department of State, discussed the historical motivations of US and EU policy makers to diversify energy security in the region, citing that the Southern Corridor will finally diversify gas imports to south-eastern Europe. Richard Morningstar, Founding Director and Chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center moderated the conversation, and the Global Energy Center’s deputy director, Thomas Cunningham, made introductory remarks.