19 Nov 2018 17:53

TurkStream pipeline may deliver fuel to European consumers by end-2019 - Novak

ISTANBUL. Nov 19 (Interfax) - Turkish consumers as well as buyers in Europe will be able to receive Russian gas via the TurkSteam pipeline by the end of 2019, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters following a ceremony to mark the completion of the offshore section of the Turkstream pipeline, in which the Russian and Turkish presidents took part via video link-up.

"I am convinced that the remaining part of construction - the onshore section of the pipeline, will be implemented consistent with the schedule envisaged by the "road map", and by 2019, gas from Russia will in fact be delivered to Turkish consumers and to European countries," Novak said.

The project will make it possible to ship gas to Turkey and make shipments to the southern and southwestern countries of Europe, Novak said.

"This is a large-scale historical project. These types of projects are implemented for the coming decades and today, this project provides a new impulse for the development of relations between Russia and Turkey," Novak said.