Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.9
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Currently, it is too early to talk about the final route of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said.
The minister said the gas pipeline is planned to run through the vicinity of the town of Kiyikoy in Turkey's northwest Tekirdag province, adding that however, it is not the final decision, Anadolu agency reported on Feb.9.
Turkish minister said that there are natural objects and infrastructure on the route of the pipeline that was previously defined by Russian Gazprom company.
Alexei Miller, the head of the Russian gas company Gazprom said on Feb.8 that the land section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline has been defined and mapped for further research and design.
Miller and Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz discussed on Feb. 7 the implementation of the project for construction of the gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea.
In particular, the meeting set the vicinity of the Kiyikoy town as the pipeline's landfall point, and the Luleburgaz town as the point for delivery of gas to Turkish consumers. The pipeline will terminate on the Turkish-Greek border in the area of Epsila.
The pipeline's length will be 180 kilometers.
Russia announced the closure of the South Stream gas pipeline project in early December 2014. This pipeline was to run through the Black Sea and deliver fuel to Balkan states, as well as Hungary, Austria and Italy through Bulgaria. The Russian side said it abandoned the project due to the non-constructive position of the European Union as well. Instead of the South Stream, it was decided to construct a pipe to Turkey and create a gas hub on its border with Greece for the consumers in Southern Europe.
Russian Gazprom and Turkish Botas companies have already defined the route of the new gas pipeline. The gas pipeline will pass 660 kilometers in the old corridor of South Stream and 250 kilometers in the new corridor in the direction of the European part of Turkey.
It is planned to sign an intergovernmental agreement on the gas pipeline in Q2 of 2015 and to supply the first gas in December 2016.
Edited by SI
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