MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's gas giant Gazprom will deliver to Turkey an additional 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year as soon as the Turkish Stream pipeline is up and running, the company indicated in its Saturday press statement.
"The design of the project will take into account Turkey's rising demands for natural gas deliveries to the Istanbul region, therefore the volume of gas to be pumped to the [gas hub on] Turkish-Greek border has been reset to 47 billion cubic meters," the statement said, adding the first leg of the pipeline is scheduled to be built by late 2016.
Gazprom announced its decision to build an alternative pipeline to Turkey – dubbed Turkish Stream – after Russia scrapped in December its South Stream gas pipeline project citing European Union's opposition.
The new transit route will carry natural gas to Europe across the Black Sea and Turkey, which will now take around 16 billion cubic meters, up from the earlier 14 billion. The rest will be pumped into the gas hub and distributed across Europe.
The increase in Turkey-bound gas was agreed on during Saturday's meeting between Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.
It was announced that the pipeline will make a landfall near a deserted village of Kayakoy in southeastern Turkey. Gas supplies for Turkey will be unloaded near the town of Luleburgaz on the European side of the country. The length of the pipeline will be 180 kilometers (almost 112 miles).