Russia's oil giant Gazprom has announced that the construction of TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section has now begun with the work being carried out by Allseas.
Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller made the announcement days after a Sochi meeting between Turkish and Russian leaders.
“Today, we started the practical implementation of the TurkStream gas pipeline project: pipe-laying within the offshore section. By late 2019, our Turkish and European consumers will have a new, reliable source of Russian gas imports,” said Alexey Miller.
Pipelaying will be carried out by the Audacia vessel owned by Allseas, the construction contractor for both strings of the gas pipeline's offshore section. The firm will construct both legs of the pipeline’s offshore stretch, measuring over 900 km.
The first of the legs, with a maximum capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters, will deliver gas directly to the domestic market of Turkey, while the second is set to supply gas to Europe.
Russia and Turkey signed the deal on the TurkStream project in October 2016. South Stream Transport B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is responsible for the construction of the gas pipeline's offshore section.