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Gazprom starts TurkStream pipeline construction

Written by  Sunday, 07 May 2017 21:52
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Russian gas producer Gazprom announced on Sunday (7 May) that it has begun construction of the TurkStream pipeline’s offshore section.

The Allseas Group, contractor for both strings of the gas pipeline's offshore section, has started laying the pipes, using the Audacia vessel.

Construction works for the TurkStream gas pipeline in the deepwater area will be performed by the Pioneering Spirit pipe laying vessel.

“By late 2019, our Turkish and European consumers will have a new, reliable source of Russian gas imports,” Alexey Miller, chairman of Gazprom, said in a statement.

TurkStream is a transit-free export gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey's border with neighboring countries.

The first string of the gas pipeline 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 Bcm of gas per year.

TurkStream’s offshore section will run over 900km from the Russkaya CS near Anapa across the Black Sea to the Turkish seaboard, with an onshore string for gas transit to be laid up to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries.

TurkStream history

In December 2014, Gazprom signed an agreement with Turkey’s Botas Petroleum Pipeline, to construct a gas pipeline running across the Black Sea toward Turkey.

Approximately two years later in September 2016, Gazprom received first permits for the TurkStream project from the Turkish authorities. This was quickly followed by an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and Turkey a month later in October 2016.

In December 2016, South Stream Transport, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, and contractor Allseas signed the contract to build the first string of the TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section with an option for laying the second string.

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