Gazprom chose Bulgaria over Greece as a development field and crossing point towards the Balkans and SE Europe for the second round of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, according to a statement by Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
“The second branch of Turkish Stream will run through the territory of Bulgaria, Hungary and Serbia”, the Russian official said, pointing out that the first branch of the Turkish Stream pipeline will be operational from 1 January 2020.
The first branch of the Turkish Stream pipeline will supply the Turkish domestic market with gas, while the second one the SEE countries, transporting 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas annually.
It is noted that according to Gazprom’s announcement, nearly 90% of the total project has been completed at Kıyıköy Terminal in Turkey, where Russian gas will be transported through the Black Sea.
In particular, it is stated that “the land facilities in Russia have been completed at 99%, while works on the two offshore pipelines connecting the two banks has been fully completed. The section between the offshore pipeline has been constructed in record time, something which is a remarkable achievement for such a technically demanding task”./ibna