Gazprom has unfrozen construction of South stream

Газпром разморозил строительство Южного потока

The construction of the Russian part of its infrastructure renewed

The Russian company has unfrozen construction of another gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine. The official cause defrosting of the project – for the needs of the domestic market.

Russia’s Gazprom has unfrozen construction of the Eastern branch of South stream in the South of Russia. About it reports Kommersant with reference to the tender of the Russian monopoly.

According to the company, the construction of the Russian part of the pipeline decided to renew, to connect the Central part of Russia to Anapa, where does the marine part of South stream under the Black sea to Bulgaria.

The official cause defrosting of the project – for the needs of the domestic market. However, the more probable is the export rationale for the project, for example, to increase gas supplies via Turkish stream, replacing South stream, according to respondents edition of market participants.

The capacity of the Turkish stream compared to South flow reduced by half, to 31.5 billion cubic meters. In 2015, Gazprom froze construction of the Eastern branch of the southern corridor, and in 2016, blamed 46 billion rubles invested in the construction of the pipeline. By the time the company managed to construct a 506 km of the linear part. In March 2018 was even published the tender on the elimination of already laid pipe, but then the concept changed again.

Turkish stream project, which involves construction of two pipelines with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters. The pipes are on the bottom of the Black sea to the European part of Turkey and further to the border with Greece. The first line will be designed for the Turkish market, the second for countries in southern and South-Eastern Europe.

Earlier, Bulgaria has repeatedly stated the need to continue the gas pipeline project South stream.

In December 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Gazprom refuses to build the South stream pipeline under the Black sea with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year in the direction of Bulgaria and further to the Austrian Baumgarten.

Instead, plans were announced to build a pipeline to the Turkish stream is the same sea-power with plans to deliver 14 billion cubic meters of gas, which is now trinityroots through Ukraine to the Turkish market, and the remaining 50 billion cubic meters of gas to European counterparts – the Greek-Turkish border.

 

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