Istanbul, February 26 () - The project to construct a new gas pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters from Russia to Turkey has entered the execution stage, Russian energy giant Gazprom has said by a written statement.
“The gas transmission route will be laid via the Black Sea and will annually supply up to 47 billion cubic meters of gas to the Turkish-Greece border. The gas pipeline will represent an alternative export route, which, in combination with the highly-reliable Nord Stream, Blue Stream and Yamal-Europe gas pipelines, will secure the entirety of Russian gas exports beyond the CIS and make it possible to abandon the transit corridor via Ukraine” the company said.
With a view to provide stable and well-balanced supplies of Russian gas to Europe, as well as to mitigate the risks related to gas transit via third countries, the company makes great efforts to expand the existing gas transmission routes and build up new ones, Gazprom said.
The company noted it would also focus on supplying significant volumes of Russian pipeline gas to the Asia-Pacific region.
“Work is underway to have the resource and transmission base in place for the start of gas supplies from Russia to China via the eastern route. The Agreement on Russian gas purchase and sales via the western route is being formulated” the company said.
Gazprom also said it will build up its presence in new markets primarily by increasing its own production activity.
“We plan to construct LNG plants with a capacity of 10 million tons a year in the Leningrad Region and the Primorye Territory. We are also considering the possibility of constructing a new process train within the Sakhalin II project” Gazprom said.