The Turkish gas pipeline

The route of a new gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey

At a working meeting, Alexey Miller, Gazprom’s Management Committee Chair, and Taner Yildiz, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey, discussed the key issues in constructing a new gas pipeline from Russia along the Black Sea bed in the direction of Turkey. The preliminary results of a feasibility calculation for the new pipeline were examined and a decision was made about its course.

The capacity of the four strings of pipeline will reach 63 billion cubic meters of gas a year, of which around 50 billion cubic meters will be delivered to the new gas hub on the Turkish-Greek border. The pipeline will run 660 km in the old South Stream corridor and 250 km in the new corridor in the direction of the European part of Turkey.

The determined exit point onto land is the village of Kiyiköy. The point of gas delivery to the Turkish consumers has been determined to be Lüleburgaz, and the district exit on the Turkish-Greek border will be at Ipsala. The length of the pipeline will be 180 km over land.

Gazprom Russia will be engaged in the pipeline’s construction.

A note was sent with an inquiry on the construction of the design and exploratory work on the new Turkish marine site. Gazprom will independently install the offshore part of the project. Gas transport capacity on the Turkish territory will be created jointly. Participation shares will be determined in the course of further negotiations. Botas has been assigned as the authorized company from the Turkish side of the agreement.

Considering the level of CS Russia’s readiness, the majority of the route of the offshore pipeline is preliminarily planned to advance the first gas onto the territory of Turkey in December, 2016. The capacity of the first string of the pipeline, 15.75 billion cubic meters, will be directed in full to the Turkish market.

In the near future, it is expected to obtain the authorization to conduct the design and survey work on the new Turkish offshore section of the pipeline.

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