Gazprom, Turkey agree to route of new gas pipeline

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Gazprom Chairman Alexei Miller and Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural resources Taner Yildiz discussed the route of a new pipeline from Russia to Turkey to be built under the Black Sea, during a working meeting in Ankara on Tuesday, Gazprom said in a statement, MTI news agency reported yesterday.

The construction of pipeline will consist of four phases, to be completed at a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters per year. It will pass 660 km through the old South Stream corridor and 250 km through a new corridor towards the European part of Turkey, the statement said. The two parties plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement in Q2 of this year and begin supplying Turkey with gas in December 2016, Miller said.

Hungary and Turkey would immediately start talks on delivering part of the gas to central Europe as soon as Russia and Turkey reach an agreement, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after discussing energy issues with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and two members of his cabinet in Ankara on Monday. 

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