Turkey to build two oil pipelines to scale down tanker traffic

May 06, 2004 02:00 AM

Turkey plans to begin construction of two oil pipelines shortly that will help reduce the traffic the straits of Bosporus, Dardanelles, and the Marmara, Energy and Natural Resource Minister Hilmi Guler said.
A decrease in the number of tankers passing through the straits -- dozens of them every day at this moment -- will lessen the risks of manmade disasters, he indicated.

The first pipeline will link Igneada on the Black Sea and Saros on the Aegean Sea, while the second will run from the Black Sea port of Samsum to the Ceyhan oil terminal on the Mediterranean.
The Turkish government does not welcome the situation where the straits turn into a pipeline, Guler said.

He assured that the decision would not entail a cancelling of agreements on transportation of crude via the straits, but said that the growing numbers of tankers posed an ecological threat to the people living in the areas adjoining the straits and the Sea of Marmara.
The whole transportation system may be jeopardized by just a single tanker incident, Guler warned.

Source: PetroEnergy Information Network
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