Gazprom said the pipelaying vessel Pioneering Spirit completed the construction of the offshore section of the TurkStream gas pipeline in the Black Sea.
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey signalled the final work for the second string of the gas pipeline which will stretch across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey's border with neighboring countries.
The first string of TurkStream is intended for Turkish consumers, while the second string will deliver gas to southern and southeastern Europe. Each string will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year. South Stream Transport B.V. is responsible for the construction of the gas pipeline's offshore section.
“Construction of TurkStream – a new gas pipeline connecting Russia and Turkey via the Black Sea – is entering its final stage,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.
“The work is well ahead of schedule: the offshore section of the gas pipeline was completed as early as today instead of in December as planned earlier. The swift pace of this project can be attributed to the concerted and coordinated efforts of the project team. In late 2019, the gas pipeline will be brought into operation. It will become an additional guarantee of energy security in Turkey and the countries of southern and SouthEastern Europe,” he added.
The construction contractor for both strings of the TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section is Allseas Group. Allseas-owned Pioneering Spirit is the world’s largest construction vessel (477 meters in length and 124 meters in width), designed to lay pipelines in deep-water areas, as well as to install and dismantle large oil and gas offshore platforms.
In Russia, a landfall has been built near the town of Anapa and the ongoing start-up operations will be finished in 2018. In Turkey, a receiving terminal is being constructed near the settlement of Kiyikoy.