Thomson ReutersJanuary 10, 2013 13:00
* Shah Deniz group would get 50 pct stake
* Funding deal breathes life into downsized Nabucco West
* Rival TAP pipeline has signed similar funding deal
By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Henning Gloystein
SOFIA/LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas group has agreed a deal that could see it take a stake in the Nabucco pipeline to transport the country's gas to Europe, boosting the project's chances against a rival plan.