The TurkStream natural gas pipeline project is progressing according to schedule, developer Gazprom announced late Wednesday.
At a Gazprom management committee meeting on Wednesday, the committee reviewed the current status of the TurkStream project. They confirmed that the deep-water pipelaying for the offshore part of the gas pipeline’s first string was completed in the Black Sea, along with the construction of the second string in Russia’s exclusive economic zone.
The committee noted that on June 26, 2018, the Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel started to lay the second string in Turkey's exclusive economic zone.
'As of today, over 1,520 kilometers of the two strings are ready, which translates into about 81 percent of the overall length of TurkStream’s offshore section,' Gazprom said.
The Russian company said at the meeting, particular attention was paid to efforts undertaken on the coasts of Russia and Turkey.
'It was highlighted that the landfall near the Russian town of Anapa had been completed and the continuing start-up and commissioning operations would be finished in 2018 together with landscaping. In addition, a receiving terminal is being constructed in the coastal area near the Turkish settlement of Kiyikoy,' the committee shared.
Gazprom said the management committee was instructed to continue working towards the implementation of the TurkStream project until its scheduled commissioning at the end of 2019.
The TurkStream pipeline plans to carry 31.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Turkey and Europe from Russia.
By Murat Temizer