Guler said Miller also offered to extend the pipeline, which currently pipes 3 billion cubic meters of gas per year, westward to Greece and then to Italy. "A joint company will be formed for that project," Guler said.
Miller suggested that a new pipeline also be built under the Black Sea in order to secure natural gas exports to Turkey. Turkey, a NATO member, is aspiring to become an energy hub for Europe. "We consider Turkey as a reliable partner to transit gas to third countries," Miller said.
The Blue Stream has been operational for more than two years and is the world's deepest undersea pipeline, stretching from southern Russia under the Black Sea to the Durusu Metering Station, a gas terminal outside the port city of Samsun. An extension of the pipeline then carries the gas to Ankara.