World Bulletin/News Desk
A new natural gas pipeline between Turkey and Russia could pass through Turkey's Thrace region, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Wednesday.
Thrace is a historical area in southeast Europe situated on the borders of Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria.
Energy trade is one of the most important components of Turkey-Russia relations. Turkey is Russia's second largest importer of natural gas.
"Thrace will become a new hub for liquefied natural gas," Yildiz said during a presentation discussing Turkey's 2015-2019 Strategic Energy Efficiency Plan in Ankara.
He denied reports that the pipeline would pass through Samsun province and to the western regions of Turkey.
Nuclear power to reach Anatolia
Electricity produced from the planned Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey will be transferred via a 220 kilometer transmission line to Konya, the central Anatolian city.
Turkey's Electricity Transmission Company will construct an electricity interconnection from the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant to Konya to prevent a power bottleneck and to fulfill the long-term energy demands of the region.
The interconnection will cost 63 million Turkish liras (approximately 23 million euros) and will be operational for 30 years. One hundred kilometers of the line will pass through Mersin; 52 kilometers will pass through Karaman and 68 kilometers through Konya.
The construction will start in the second half of 2015, and its completion is expected to take 18 to 24 months.Last Mod: 03 Aralık 2014, 16:04