Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 8
Alexei Miller, the head of the Russian gas company Gazprom, said a decision on defining the land route for the new gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey is an important stage in the project, which will allow continuing the necessary research and design, the RIA Novosti agency reported.
In early December 2014, Russia announced about ceasing the project on the South Stream gas pipeline, which was meant to go under the Black Sea and through Bulgaria to deliver fuel to Balkan countries, as well as Hungary, Austria and Italy.
The project was abandoned, including due to the unconstructive position of the EU.
Instead, it was decided to build a pipeline to Turkey and construct a gas hub on the border with Greece for European consumers.
"The land section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline has been defined and mapped for further research and design. And this is the main thing," said Miller, answering journalists' questions about the main results of his visit to Turkey.
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's length will be 180 kilometers.
Gazprom and the Turkish company Botas earlier set the marine route of the new pipeline. The marine part of the pipeline will run on 660-kilometer section of the route, on which it was planned to build the South Stream, and on 250-kilometer section in a new corridor towards the European part of Turkey.