Gov't publishes environmental impact report for TurkStream offshore section

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 22.06.2017 00:24
Updated 22.06.2017 00:25
Gov't publishes environmental impact report for TurkStream offshore section

The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has published the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the offshore section of the TurkStream Gas Pipeline Project.

In preparation for the EIA report, field surveys were conducted to identify, assess and document potential environmental and social impacts of the project activities. As part of the assessment, various Turkish stakeholders, including government experts, local community representatives and fishing groups, were consulted. The EIA consists of information on the potential environmental and social impacts of the offshore section of the TurkStream project. It also includes recommendations for the mitigation of the potential adverse impacts and enhancement of the beneficial ones.

The Turkish government established a Review and Evaluation Commission with representatives from relevant institutions and organizations to review the EIA report. After receiving the findings of the Commission, South Stream Transport B.V. will submit a final report to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. The EIA was prepared by ELC Group Inc. on behalf of South Stream Transport B.V., the project owner of the offshore section of the TurkStream project.

Regarding the report, South Stream Transport B.V highlighted the importance of the EIA report as an opportunity for a transparent consultation on the possible impacts of the TurkStream project.

The measures included in the EIA report provide effective mitigation to minimize our environmental footprint, the company noted. "The exact conditions for certain measures, for example regarding replanting of trees, will be determined by external experts in coordination with the Turkish government," it added, expressing its commitment to develop and complete the TurkStream offshore pipeline in accordance with the goal to ensure excellent execution of international industry practices and Turkish legislation.

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