United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Oct 04, 2023
Applicability to certain natural gas projects
Exception for certain natural gas projects
Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act shall apply to any activity relating to a project—
for the development of natural gas and the construction and operation of a pipeline to transport natural gas from Azerbaijan to Turkey and Europe;
that provides to Turkey and countries in Europe energy security and energy independence from the Government of the Russian Federation and other governments with jurisdiction over persons subject to sanctions imposed under this Act or amendments made by this Act; and
that was initiated before
August 10, 2012, pursuant to a production-sharing agreement, or an ancillary agreement necessary to further a production-sharing agreement, entered into with, or a license granted by, the government of a country other than Iran before August 10, 2012.
Termination of exception
The exception under subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to a project described in that subsection on or after the date on which the President certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that—
the percentage of the equity interest in the project held by or on behalf of an entity described in paragraph (2) has increased relative to the percentage of the equity interest in the project held by or on behalf of such an entity on
January 1, 2002; or
an entity described in paragraph (2) has assumed an operational role in the project.
An entity described in this paragraph is—
owned or controlled by the Government of Iran or identified under section 560.304 of title 31, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to the definition of the Government of Iran); or
organized under the laws of Iran or with the participation or approval of the Government of Iran;
an entity owned or controlled by an entity described in subparagraph (A); or
a successor entity to an entity described in subparagraph (A).
cite as: 22 USC 8783