Summary:Turkish Today Zaman daily reported that the country has started talks with Iran to establish a pipeline to transfer natural gas from Iran to Europe through Turkish soil.
The pipeline will stretch about 5000 kilometers. It starts from Iran and then reaches to central Turkey and Greece. The project has been on Turkish spotlight after reduction of international sanctions against Iran based on Geneva deal concluded between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany late November.
Turkey has completed studies on feasibility of the plan. The total length of the pipeline under the project is about 5,000 km. The length of the pipeline within the East and Western borders of Turkey is about 1,750 km. The target annual amount of gas to be conveyed to Europe under this project is determined as 35 billion m3.
Turkey's part of the ITE Natural Gas Pipeline Project will be from the Turkey– Iran border to the Ipsala/Edirne Greece border, passing through Agri, Erzurum, Erzincan, Gumushane, Sivas, Yozgat, Kirsehir, Kirikkale, Ankara, Eskisehir, Bilecik, Kutahya, Bursa, Balikesir, Canakkale and Tekirdag.
The pipe diameter under the project is 56 inches and its operating pressure is 92 bars. Its proposed service life is 40 years.
Iran owns the world’s largest natural gas reserves after Russia, and is also Turkey’s second biggest gas supplier after Russia.
Iran’s natural gas is of crucial importance to Turkey as the energy-hungry country uses a significant portion of imported Iranian gas to generate electricity.