Miller’s Istanbul visit nudges Turkish Stream pipeline back on track

01/09/2016

Turkey's Energy Minister Bert Albaruak and Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller Istanbul 31-8-16Turkish Stream: Gazprom chief Alexey Miller flew into Istanbul yesterday for talks with Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak that appear to have helped put the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project back on track again. The four-line, 15.75bcm capacity pipeline, which is intended to transport gas to Europe via the Black Sea and the Turkish mainland, was postponed last year after a Russian jet was shot down on the Turkish-Syrian border.
“Accords were reached at the meeting to complete the issue of all required permits for initiation of the Turkish Stream project implementation as soon as possible,” Gazprom claimed in a statement issued last night. “Commercial negotiations on conditions of Russian gas supplies to Turkey will continue.” 
Turkish coupMiller’s visit follows indications from both Moscow and Ankara that relations between the two countries had improved after the Russian intelligence agencies allegedly alerted President Erdogan’s government to July’s attempted coup.
“We told (the Russians) that there are no problems with the Turkish Stream project,” Erdogan said last month. “The only thing is that we’ve proposed is to divide expenses on the construction of the pipeline’s section crossing our territory in half.”

 
Source: tass