Gazprom to reduce TurkStream capacity in favour of Nord Stream II

Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller said that the capacity of the TurkStream pipeline is now expected to be 32 Bcm/a of gas.

Proposed as an alternative to Russia’s South Stream Pipeline project, which was cancelled due to opposition from the European Union, the TurkStream project initially planned to carry 63 Bcm/a of gas from Russia to Europe via Turkey. Turkey is expected to use 16 Bcm/a to meet domestic needs, while the remaining will be transported to Europe. The project is estimated to cost approximately 11.4 billion euro ($US12.5 billion).

Gazprom has said that 660 km of the offshore pipeline route will be laid within the old corridor of the South Stream pipeline, and 250 km within a new pipeline corridor toward the European part of Turkey. The offshore pipeline will run across the Black Sea from the Russkaya compressor station near Anapa to Kiyikoy village in the European part of Turkey. The 180 km onshore section of the pipeline will run to Ipsala on the border between Turkey and Greece via Luleburgaz.

The first pipeline section is expected to be complete by December 2016.

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