Turkey has received the coordinates of the onshore section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told Sputnik Turkey on Monday.
The Turkish Stream, a proposed 1,090-kilometer (677-mile) natural gas pipeline running from Russia to Turkey via the Black Sea, is expected to become operational in December 2016.
"Gazprom [Russia's energy supplier] provided the coordinates of the gas pipeline segment last week, as per our request," Yildiz said.
The Turkish energy minister said he expected construction plans for one of the four pipeline branches to be made available this week following the completion of feasibility studies for the project.
"The capacity of this branch of the Turkish Stream is expected to be somewhere around 16 billion cubic meters," Yildiz said.
The entire project, agreed on in December 2014, is estimated to have an annual capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas, of which 43 billion is to be earmarked for Turkey.