Hungary to be first customer to acquire gas via TurkStream

Published 06.10.2017 00:00

The first request for gas has come from a European country following the approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, which will carry Russian gas through the Black Sea and reach Europe through Turkey, by the Environment and Urbanization Ministry last week.

Hungary plans to acquire Russian gas through the second TurkStream pipeline as of 2019, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said yesterday.

Speaking to the Russian Rossiya 24 channel, Szijjarto said Hungary was interested in the TurkStream, which has two pipelines, indicating that one of the pipelines could serve Turkey's domestic consumption while the second should bring the gas to Central Europe and west of the Balkans.

He also said that his country has signed roadmap agreements with Russian oil giant Gazprom that require the complete development of Hungary's infrastructure by 2019 for gas purchases via the TurkStream.

Szjjart said that following his meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexandr Novak on Wednesday, it became clearer that Russia is determined to complete the project by 2019.

TurkStream is a transit-free export gas pipeline that will stretch across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and extend to Turkey's neighboring countries.

The 1,100-kilometer TurkStream project is slated to deliver 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year through four parallel lines. An estimated 47 billion cubic meters will reach the Greek-Turkish border. The remaining 16 billion cubic meters of gas are to be allocated for Turkey's domestic use. Russia currently sends natural gas to Turkey via the Blue Stream and Trans-Balkan Pipelines.

The pipeline will start from the southern Russian town of Anapa on the Black Sea coast and will be laid on a 900-kilometer route under the Black Sea to reach the Thrace region of Turkey.

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