June 21, 2008

Turkish Minister Says Samsun-Ceyhan Pipeline Project to Start in 2010

Text of report in English by Turkish news agency Anatolia

Ankara, 21 June: Turkish Energy & Natural Sources Minister Hilmi Guler said on Saturday [21 June] that new route of Samsun-Ceyhan part of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline was shortened 100 kilometres.

Guler said the project was planned to start to operate in 2010.

"Change in the route of the pipeline did not have an impact on investment plan. Furthermore, it is more appropriate with respect to areas where harbours, storage facilities and other necessary facilities would be deployed," he said.

Originally published by Anatolia news agency, Ankara, in English 1020 21 Jun 08.

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