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14Jan15


Gazprom to use Turkish route to substitute Europe-bound supply of 63 bcm via Ukraine


The Turkish Stream gas pipeline project is the sole route for Russia's future supplies of 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Europe currently delivered via Ukraine, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said on Wednesday.

The Gazprom head made this statement in response to a question about the fate of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline project.

"The project is closed. The Turkish Stream is the sole route, which can deliver 63 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas transited across Ukraine so far. There are no other options," Miller said.

Gazprom has notified its European partners about its Turkish Stream gas pipe plans and now their task is to create the necessary gas transport infrastructure from the border of Turkey and Greece, the Gazprom head said.

"They have a maximum of several years for this. This is a very tight schedule. To comply with it, work for the construction of new trunk gas pipelines should be started in EU countries right now. Otherwise, these gas volumes may be redirected to other markets," the Gazprom head said.

The South Stream gas pipeline worth 15.5 billion was intended to pump 67 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to Europe annually. The pipeline's underwater section 900 km (559 miles) long was intended to run along the bed of the Black Sea from the Russkaya compressor station on the Russian shore to the Bulgarian coast.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on December 1 that the project to build the South Stream gas pipeline was closed due to the European Union's unconstructive approach to cooperation in that sphere, including Bulgaria's decision to stop the construction of the pipeline's stretch on its territory.

Instead, Russia will build a gas pipeline to Turkey where a gas hub on the border with Europe will be created, Putin said.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 14Jan15]

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