The reduction of gas transit through Ukraine would make 15 billion cubic meters this year due to the launch of the Turkish Stream from Russia to Turkey. Executive Director of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine Serhiy Makohon reported this on Facebook.
“Unfortunately, we could not stop it. We have already experienced its influence. The transit of gas through Ukraine in the Balkan direction since January 1, 2020, takes place only for the needs of Romania and Moldova. Bulgaria, Turkey and other countries in this region do not receive gas through Ukraine,” he wrote.
According to Makohon, Ukraine achieved the creation of the new corridor on the basis of Burgas–Alexandroupoli pipeline for gas supplies to Ukraine from Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece in the volume up to 15,8 million cubic meters per day.
“We look for new possibilities for the use of the existing infrastructure (Burgas–Alexandroupoli pipeline) and achieved the creation of the new corridor on its bases for the supplies of gas to Ukraine from Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece in the volume up to 15,8 million cubic meters per day. We expect the test supplies in January,” he noted.
On January 8, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially opened the TurkStream gas pipeline.
The TurkStream gas pipeline has a total capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters. Its first line will provide Turkish consumers with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of Russian gas.
The second line will supply another 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe through Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary.
As we reported earlier, Ministers of Energy of Cyprus, Greece and Israel have signed the intergovernmental deal on the construction of the EastMed pipeline.