TurkStream fully operational by 2019 end: Putin
MOSCOW – Anadolu Agency
The TurkStream project is an export gas pipeline consisting of two 930-km lines each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters.
TurkStream’s first line is intended for gas supplies to Turkish consumers, while the second is to supply gas to south and southeastern Europe.
Russian gas giant Gazprom is exploring different options regarding further transportation of the TurkStream gas to Europe, Putin on Jan. 16 told Serbia’s dailies Politika and Vecernje Novosti prior to his visit to Belgrade.
“One of the options is to transport fuel via Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary to the gas hub in Baumgarten, Austria. In this case, Serbia will not only use Russian gas but also facilitate its transit. This will greatly benefit the Serbian economy, help create new jobs and strengthen energy security in your country and, more broadly, in central and southeastern Europe,” he said.
A final decision will be made depending on the position of the European Union.
Russia needs guarantees “that the plans to extend the TurkStream will not be thwarted by an arbitrary political decision on the part of Brussels,” he said.