21 Oct 2017 14:58

Turkey issues environmental clearance to Gazprom on last section of TurkStream

KAZAN. Oct 21 (Interfax) - Turkey has issued an environmental clearance to Gazprom to build the last section of the TurkStream gas pipeline to run near the Turkish coast, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky told Interfax on Saturday.

"Turkey has issued [the clearance] to Gazprom," Yanovsky said.

The price for gas to be shipped through this pipeline has not yet been discussed at the level of the energy ministries, he said.

Gazprom is building the TurkStream pipeline through the Black Sea to reduce transit via Ukraine: one line of TurkStream with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year will be for the Turkish market and a second with the same capacity for the Central and Southern European markets. Each line of the offshore trunk will be over 900 km in length. Construction of the first line was started in May 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in March 2018, and the second line should be completed in 2019.