The world's largest construction and heavy-lift vessel, Pioneering Spirit, which is currently laying the second line of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, set a new world record in offshore pipelaying on Aug. 26, according to Russian company Gazprom late on Monday.
Gazprom said on its official Instagram account that the vessel laid 6.27 kilometers of pipes per day on August 26, surpassing the average daily 4 kilometers per day.
The vessel, which belongs to the Allseas company, is currently laying the second line of project that plans to send Russian gas to Europe via Turkey.
The project has a total capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters. The first part of the project with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters will transfer gas to Turkey from Russia.
The first line of the TurkStream reached the Turkish shore off Kiyikoy in northwest Turkey on April 29.
The launch of the second line is expected in 2019.
By Murat Temizer