Ankara, December 30 - Neftegaz.RU.
Turkey will launch Turkish Stream gas pipeline next month, the country's energy and natural resources minister said.
"We will launch TurkStream on January 8. This will make us indispensable to international markets
, with natural gas pipelines coming from both the east and north," said Fatih Donmez.
Already having launched the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP
) – which delivers natural gas from Azerbaijan through Turkey
and on to Greece, the first stop in its European leg, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) – Dönmez said Turkey would now, together with the Turkish Stream pipeline, play a key role in securing Europe's gas supply.
Dönmez added that the country had been investing in domestic renewable energy, with growing interest and investments set to steadily continue into 2020.
The Turkish Stream
gas pipeline has a total capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters, of which the 1st line will carry a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Turkish consumers. The second line will carry another 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe via Turkey.