Russian Federation-Turkey Natural Gas Main Transmission Line

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Russian Federation-Turkey Natural Gas Main Transmission Line, also known as Russian Federatıon (west) pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline.[1]


The pipeline goes through from Russia to Turkey via Malkoclar, Ambarli, Hamitabat, Izmit, Istanbul, Eskisehir and Bursa before finally reaching Ankara.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Botas[3]
  • Parent Company:
  • Current capacity: 4 bcm/y[1]
  • Length: 872 km[3]
  • Diameter: 24, 36 inches[4]
  • Status: operating[3]
  • Start Year: 1988[3]


According to BOTAŞ Petroleum Pipeline Company, "Natural Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement regarding the import of 5-6 BCM/year (during Plateau Period) of natural gas from Russian Federation to Turkey on Turkish-Bulgarian border was signed on 14 February 1986.

The 842 km long Russian Federation-Turkey Natural Gas Main Transmission Line enters Turkey at Malkoçlar and then follows Hamitabat, Ambarli, Istanbul, Izmit, Bursa, Eskisehir route to reach Ankara. The pipeline has compressor stations at Kirklareli, Ambarli, Pendik, Bursa and Eskisehir and a fiscal metering station at Malkoçlar.

The construction of the pipeline started on October 26, 1986 and the line reached Hamitabat on June 23, 1987. Since then, imported natural gas has been used at the Trakya Combined Cycle Power Plant in Hamitabat. The pipeline reached Ankara in August 1988. Natural gas began to be supplied to the İstanbul Fertilizer Industry Co. (IGSAS) in July 1988, to the Ambarli Power Plant in August 1988 and to Ankara for residential and commercial purposes in October 1988. The use of natural gas by the industrial sector started in August 1989.

Natural Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement dated 14 February 1986 expired; however import of 4 BCM/year of natural gas by BOTAŞ from the concerned Western Route continues within the framework of Natural Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement dated 18 February 1998."[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  2. Gunes, Ersin (2013). "Optimal design of a gas transmission network: A case study of the Turkish natural gas pipeline network system". Graduate Theses and Dissertation. Oil, Gas, and Energy Commons. 13294 – via Iowa State University Digital Repository. line feed character in |title= at position 95 (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Botas. "Completed Projects". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  4. Botas (2015). "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved August 20, 2020.

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