Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
In case of signing of an intergovernmental agreement between Turkey and Russia on the construction of the Turkish Stream, the country's parliament won't be able for a while to consider that document, said Turkey's energy and natural resources minister, Taner Yildiz, the Anadolu Agency reported August 4.
The minister, however, did not specify the reasons for this.
He said the main reason for delays in the construction of the Turkish Stream is precisely the Russian side.
Yildiz also said Turkey hopes for Russia's agreement to create a joint gas distribution network.
He said that Turkey for Russia is an important gas consumer.
"In case of realization of the Turkish Stream, Turkey's companies will be able to take part in this pipeline's construction in the country's land section, as our companies have extensive experience in laying pipelines," said Yildiz.
Earlier, it was reported that Turkey froze the Turkish Stream. Reportedly, the reason for this is that the parties can't come to a final agreement.
A source in the Russian Energy Ministry previously told reporters that Russia sent a draft intergovernmental agreement to Turkey on the first stretch of the Turkish Stream, and that there would be a separate document on other stretches.
Previously it was also reported that there are no commitments between Ankara and Moscow for the construction of the Turkish Stream, which was also confirmed in May by Turkey's Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim.
Russia's Gazprom hasn't so far appealed to Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK).
Without the EPDK's license it isn't possible to sell oil and gas in Turkey, nor is it possible to transport hydrocarbons through its territory.
Aside from that, Turkey's Environment and Urban Planning Ministry previously told Trend that no appeals were received from Gazprom on assessment of environmental impact from the Turkish Stream's construction.
The Turkish Stream project involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas a year from Russia to Turkey via the Black Sea.
The gas pipeline is to consist of four stretches bringing up to 47 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey's border with Greece.
Edited by CN
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