Gazprom receives first permits for Turkish Stream
MOSCOWGazprom has received through diplomatic channels the first permits for the Turkish Stream project from the Turkish authorities after the decision to resume the project this year, it said in a written statement on Sept. 7.
At last week’s negotiations between Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Alexey Miller and Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, the parties agreed to quickly complete all the required preparatory procedures for launching the Turkish Stream project.
“The issuance of the first permits is good news for Gazprom. This move of the Turkish side reflects the interest of Turkey’s government in the Turkish Stream project and marks the transition to its practical implementation,” said Miller.
Gazprom and Turkey’s Botaş signed a Memorandum of Understanding on constructing the Turkish Stream gas pipeline back on Dec. 1, 2014.
The pipeline will run 660 kilometers along the old route of the South Stream and cover 250 kilometers of a new route toward Turkey’s west. It is planned that the first gas pipeline string will be used exclusively for gas supplies to the Turkish market.