Slovakia to build new pipeline to Turkey via Ukraine

ANKARA - Slovakian natural gas pipeline operator Eustream is planning to build a new pipeline that will reach Turkey through Ukraine, the Russian TASS News Agency reported on Thursday.

“The new pipeline will be called Eastring,” Eustream spokesperson Vahram Chuguryan told TASS.

The new pipeline will start from the Slovakia-Ukraine border and reach the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. Slovakia currently supplies some 30 million cubic meters of gas to Ukraine daily.

“Eastring, which will have a capacity of 20 billion cubic meters, will be an important contribution to Eastern Europe’s energy security,” Chuguryan said.

Underlining that it is important for Eustream to receive the EU’s support for the project, Chuguryan said Eustream will also offer some European companies a partnership in the pipeline project.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in early December that a memorandum of understanding with Turkey was signed to build a natural gas hub on the Turkish-Greek border to supply Eastern Europe.       

Eustream project has the potential to benefit from the hub as well.

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