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Turkish government publishes EIA for TurkStream Offshore Section

21 June 2017

Amsterdam, 21 June 2017

On Wednesday 21 June 2017, the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization published the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the offshore section of the TurkStream Gas Pipeline Project.

The EIA was prepared by ELC Group Inc. on behalf of South Stream Transport B.V., the project owner of the offshore section of the TurkStream Project.

In preparation of the EIA, field surveys were conducted to identify, assess and document potential environmental and social impacts of project activities. As part of the assessment, various Turkish stakeholders, including government experts, local community representatives and fishing groups, were consulted.

The EIA consists of information on the potential environmental and social impacts of the offshore section of the TurkStream project. It also includes recommendations for the mitigation of the potential adverse impacts and enhancement of the beneficial ones.

The Turkish government established a Review and Evaluation Commission with representatives of relevant institutions and organizations to review the EIA report. After receiving the findings of the Commission, South Stream Transport B.V. will submit a Final report to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

Statement by South Stream Transport B.V., the owner of the TurkStream Offshore Pipeline project:

We consider the EIA process to be an opportunity for a transparent consultation on possible impacts of our project. The described measures in our EIA provide appropriate and effective mitigation to minimize our environmental footprint. The exact conditions for certain measures, for example regarding replantation of trees, will be determined by external experts in coordination with the Turkish government. We are committed to develop the TurkStream offshore pipeline in line with good international industry practice and in compliance with Turkish regulations.

Background

The TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline will consist of two parallel gas pipelines stretching for 930 kilometres across the Black Sea, each with a diameter of 81 centimetres and an annual throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters. TurkStream will be the first pipeline of its size to be installed at a water depth of up to 2,200 metres. One of the pipelines will cater for the Turkish market, while the other will stretch to the Turkish-Greek border to ensure reliable deliveries of Russian gas to the European markets. In line with the schedule, first gas is expected to flow through TurkStream by late 2019.

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