1 Mayıs 2011 Pazar
Samsun-Ceyhan might be shelved due to Channel Istanbul, says minister
GÖKHAN KURTARAN-ISTANBUL-Hürriyet Daily News
Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline project, planned to provide an alternative route for Russia's and Kazakhstan's oil and to ease the traffic burden in the Bosporus and the Dardanelles “might be shelved” to due new Channel Istanbul projects said a Turkish minister speaking to Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on the condition of anonymity.
Talking about the crude oil pipeline in Turkey from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean oil terminal in Ceyhan, the minister said, “The project could not be run without the supply of the Russia and Russian officials.” Noting that Russian officials opposed supplying oil for the pipeline, the minister said, “Possibility of implementing the project has already been weakened,” emphasized the minister.
The aim of this project was to provide an alternative route for Russia's and Kazakhstan's oil and to ease the traffic burden in the Bosporus and the Dardanelles. The Samsun–Ceyhan pipeline was planned as a Bosporus bypass. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier this weak said that the Istanbul channel which would be an alternative to Bosporus would lessen the number of shipping vessels pass through Bosporus. Ships carry 139 million tons of oil, 4 million tons of liquefied petroleum gas and 3 million tons of chemicals through the Bosporus annually according to official figures.