Ankara considers Turkish Stream key project

Ankara considers Turkish Stream key project

Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak said late Sunday that Turkey is a reliable partner for energy projects.

"We will support regional infrastructure projects as long as they contribute to regional peace and stability, multilateral welfare and security of supply," the Daily Sabah cited him as saying.

"More than 2.7 billion barrels of oil have been transported through Ceyhan port in the last 12 years. Despite the instability and humanitarian crisis in our neighboring countries, we were able to complete most of the construction of TANAP, and it's already ahead of the schedule. By the second half of 2018, TANAP will be a new source of gas for Turkey and EU gas markets," he added.

"Turkish Stream will be key to supply all segments of our Thrace region which has the highest consumption in Turkey, as well as diversifying roots for the EU. We developed collaboration with our neighbors to build up dialogue and to take real steps for cooperation," the minister said during a speech at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.

"In this sense, Turkey, is a key, not only as a strong economy, and a safe harbor for investments, but also as a diplomatically significant regional reliable actor," Albayrak added.