Energy Minister: First line of Turkish Stream pipeline may be built in December 2019

Construction of the first line of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project should end by December 2019 in accordance with the work schedule, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday on the air with Rossiya 24 TV Channel, according to TASS.

“This will be most probably in 2019, speaking about the deadline. Construction will be completed at that time, considering that the draft roadmap so provides,” Novak said responding to the question about completion of the first line. Turkey intends to speed up implementation of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project in cooperation with Russia, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Gazprom has already started negotiations with the Turkish side on resumption of construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told journalist on Tuesday.

“They have already begun today, Head of Gazprom Alexei Miller talked to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Berat Albayrak and with representatives of the companies,” Novak said.

He added that the Ministry has already sent the project’s plan for construction of the gas pipeline to Turkey and it was confirmed during the negotiations that the Turkish partners are interested in cooperation on the project.

“Today we have once again received confirmation that the Turkish side is interested,” Novak said. He added that the Russian government wanted to speed up processing the documents – intergovernmental agreement and a “road map”.