* Kazakhstan may help fill Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline
* Putin: South Stream may be finished ahead of Nord Stream
* Kazahstan pres says ready to participate in Samsun-Ceyhan
(Adds Putin quotes, background)
MOSCOW, Oct 22 Kazakhstan may supply oil for the
Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline linking Turkey's Black Sea and
Mediterranean coasts, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told
his Turkish counterpart during a video link on Thursday.
"Our Kazakh colleagues expressed their readiness for joint
work to fill this oil pipeline system," Putin told Turkish Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Putin's spokesman later confirmed that
he was referring to the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline.
Italy's Eni (ENI.MI) and Turkey's Calik hold 50 percent each
of the pipeline project. Italy, Russia and Turkey signed an
accord in Milan to build the pipeline. Eni will play a leading
role in its construction.
Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was in Turkey on
Thursday said his country was ready to participate in the
Samsun-Ceyhan project, but he gave no further details.
Nazarbayev was due to meet Erdogan on Tursday.
The 550-km (340-mile) pipeline will have a maximum capacity
of 1.5 million barrels a day. Eni Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni
has said oil from the Kashagan and Karachaganak fields in
Kazakhstan could be used to fill it.
Putin, Erdogan and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
on Thursday also discussed the South Stream gas pipeline, which
is being built under the Black Sea and is seen as the main rival
to the U.S.- and European Union-backed Nabucco pipeline.
"This project has every chance of being completed before the
similar project in the Baltic Sea -- Nord Stream," Putin was
quoted by Russian agencies as telling his counterparts.
Russia is pushing for the construction of South Stream and
Nord Stream in order to deliver gas to its European Union
customers directly, bypassing transit countries such as Ukraine.
(Reporting by Gleb Bryanski and Selcuk Gokoluk in Ankara;
Writing by Gleb Bryanski)