Gazprom says Turkey pipeline to be operational by 2016
Russian gas giant Gazprom said Tuesday that a planned pipeline to Turkey will be in service by end 2016, piling pressure on the European Union to build a link to it or risk losing gas supplies from Moscow.
Russia had announced the new gas pipeline to Turkey after scrapping the construction of the South Stream link to the European Union as relations with the bloc sank to a post-Cold War low over the bloody insurgency in Ukraine.
"We agreed to organise the work in a way that will allow us to sign an inter-governmental agreement in the second quarter of this year and start supplying Turkey with gas in December 2016," said Gazprom chief Alexei Miller in a statement issued after his visit to Ankara.
The Turkey pipeline will have a capacity of 63 billion cubic metres.
© 2015 AFP