Russia to increase natural gas flow to Turkey as of 2010
( Cihan ) - The amount of natural gas exported to Turkey via Blue Stream pipeline will be increased to 16 billion cubic meters as of 2010, said Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom, Russia's state-run gas exporter.
At a roundtable meeting in Gazprom on Wednesday, Medvedev said that the previously agreed amount would be delivered despite the changes in the delivery calendar. He also added that no reductions were planned for the amount of gas provided through the Blue Stream.
In 2006, seven billion cubic meters of gas were delivered and 17 billion cubic meters had been delivered since the opening of the pipeline, said Medvedev.
The deputy manager also announced that the Gazprom was planning to build a new South Europe branch of the pipeline via Turkey to provide natural gas for Greece, Italy and Israel.
Russia started to provide big amounts of natural gas for Turkey in 2003 through the 1,213 km-long pipeline under the Black Sea.