The Minister of energy and natural resources of Turkey Ali rıza Alaboyun noted that Ankara has asked Russia to revise gas prices not compounding the issue with the project of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream”.
ANKARA, 14 Oct. The project of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” and a discount on Russian gas are not connected with each other problems, said Wednesday Minister of energy and natural resources of Turkey Ali rıza Alaboyun.
“There are two issues to discuss with Russia the issue of gas deliveries — price revision and the project “Turkish stream”. We ask to renegotiate the price based on 9th point of the agreement on natural gas supply. He says that if the price of gas sold by Gazprom to Turkey, higher prices of natural gas sold to other countries, Turkey may ask for price reduction. Russia wants to link the subject of discounts with Turkish stream, but we believe these topics are different,” said Laboun in an interview with Anadolu news Agency.
He added that Gazprom sells gas to Germany at a lower price, so Turkey asks for revision of prices. According to him, Gazprom has offered Turkey a discount of 6%, then 10%, and, finally, of 10.25%.
“One thread “Turkish stream” is for Turkey, and other want to build to Europe. But Europe doesn’t want it. As she let the strip of “Turkish flow” through Greece? This question remains unanswered. We are most interested in the thread, which will be built to Turkey. We want this project first,” he said.
According to Alaboyun, Turkey expects to receive by the “Turkish stream” 15,75 billion cubic meters of gas, and the negotiations on the draft will continue.
Earlier head “Gazprom” Alexey Miller said that Gazprom considers realistic construction of only two branches of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream” under the Black sea to Turkey with a total capacity of up to 32 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The text of the intergovernmental agreement with Turkey on construction of the first leg, he said, has already practically agreed.
Initially it was assumed the construction of four pipelines in of 15.75 billion cubic meters each, with a total capacity of 63 billion cubic meters per year. The project “Turkish stream” involves construction of a pipeline from Russia to Turkey across the Black sea. Gas first line entirely designed for the Turkish market, the remaining volume will be displayed on the Turkish-Greek border, where it is planned to build a gas hub. Construction was scheduled to begin in June, but the project is still under discussion.