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Construction of offshore section of Turkish Stream to be completed as scheduled, Turkey’s top diplomat says

MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The construction of the offshore sector of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline will be completed as scheduled, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with TASS. "The TurkStream Project is progressing as planned. The construction of the off-shore section of the pipelines will be completed according to schedule. We are also working together to finalize the onshore sections as well," he said. According to the minister, the Turkish Stream project is to the benefit of both Turkey and Russia. "It will contribute to the energy security of Turkey, and it will enable the direct purchase and transport of gas from Russia. A direct line is to the advantage of both the consumer and the producer. Plus, the second line of the TurkStream will enable Russia to export volumes of gas to other interested European buyers," he said. "Russia is Turkey’s largest supplier of gas. Our partnership in this field has withstood the test of times, and our cooperation in this field will also continue. We are open to future projects as long as they are economical, based on a win-win approach, and contribute to regional peace and prosperity," Turkey’s top diplomat said. In May 2017, Gazprom kicked off the construction of a seabed section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline from the Russian Black Sea coast. The Turkish Stream project envisions the construction of a gas pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey’s European part and further on to the border with Greece. The seabed section is to be 910 kilometers long and the land section will run 180 km into Turkey. The first line is meant for gas supplies to the Turkish market. The second one will be used to supply gas to Southern and Southeastern Europe. Each line will have a capacity of 15.75 bln cubic meters of gas per year. First gas deliveries over the Turkish Stream gas pipeline are scheduled at the turn of 2019. Read more