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Moscow - Ankara gas pipeline to strengthen Russia in European market
13 June 2017 , 12:17Neftegaz.RU542
This joint project of Moscow and Ankara, a transit-free export gas pipeline, has received enormous public support that rose to 75 % in 2017 compared to 56 % in 2015, benefiting the Turkey, reported turkish Anadolu news on June 12, 2017.
The TurkStream gas pipeline, a 900-kilometre route under the Black Sea that stretches from Russia to Turkey and further extending to Turkey's border with neighbouring countries, will allow Moscow to strengthen its position in the European gas market and reduce dependence on Ukraine, the main route for Russian energy into Europe.
Turkey occupies a strategic location and acts as a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Russian gas giant Gazprom had already started construction of a gas pipeline in May 2017 under the Black Sea to Turkey that also aims to provide gas to the European Union.
One line is expected to supply the Turkish market, while a 2nd line will carry gas to southern and southeastern Europe.
Each line will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
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 along the Black Sea coast.
«By late 2019, our Turkish and European consumers will have a new, reliable source of Russian gas imports,» Alexey Miller, CEO of Gazprom, said in a statement.
«Today (in 2017), 85 % of both general and regional public opinion is positive about such projects,» it noted.
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