Russia and Turkey restart Turkish Stream construction

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September 14, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

Interfax – translated by J. Arnoldski

Through diplomatic channels, Gazprom has received the first permission from Turkish authorities to construct the offshore section of the Turkish Stream pipeline, the company’s report says.

A week earlier, Gazprom reported that it had received the “first permits to realize Turkish Stream” but did not specify the documents. In December 2011, Turkey gave permission for the construction of South Stream in its territorial waters. On June 22nd, 2015, Turkey also gave permission for engineering surveys for Turkish Stream. Later, however, such permits were withdrawn due to the serious deterioration of Russian-Turkish relations. Thanks to the improvement of relations since summer this year, Gazprom has resumed active work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. 

Gazprom has now specified that it has received permission not just for surveying, but for the construction of the pipeline’s offshore section. 

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Gazprom announced on Wednesday: “Through diplomatic channels, Gazprom has received the first permit from authorities of the Turkish Republic to construct the offshore section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline as part of preparatory procedures for the resumption of the project.”

“We would like to note the efficiency and coherence of work with our Turkish partners at the first stage of the Turkish Stream project’s realization,” Gazprom head Alexey Miller is quoted as saying in the report. 

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