Turkstream’s deep-water pipelaying has been completed in the Black Sea and the gas pipeline is moving along on schedule, Gazprom said.
The pipelaying completes the offshore part of the gas pipeline’s first string along with the construction of the second string in Russia’s exclusive economic zone, Gazprom said in a statement.
TurkStream is the project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey's border with neighbouring countries.
On June 26, 2018, the Pioneering Spirit vessel had started to lay the second string in the Turkish exclusive economic zone. So far, over 1,520 kilometers of the two strings are ready, which translates into about 81 per cent of the overall length of TurkStream’s offshore section, Gazprom said.
The company added that the landfall near the Russian town of Anapa had also been completed and the continuing start-up and commissioning operations would be finished in 2018 together with landscaping.
Additionally, a receiving terminal is being constructed in the coastal area near the Turkish settlement of Kiyikoy.
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.