Russian energy firm Gazprom announced that construction has started on the TurkStream gas pipeline in the Black Sea near the Russian coast.
The TurkStream project will lead to the creation of an export gas pipeline across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and to Turkey's border with neighbouring countries. Work will involve the construction of two strings, each having the capacity to carry 15.75bn cb m of gas annually.
The first string of the gas pipeline is intended for Turkish consumers, while the second string will deliver gas to southern and southeastern Europe.
Pipe pulling through microtunnels will be carried out through the Audacia vessel, while construction in the deep-water area will be carried out by the Pioneering Spirit pipe-laying vessel. Allseas is serving as the project’s contractor.
Gazprom management committee chairman, Alexey Miller, said: “Today, we started the practical implementation of the TurkStream gas pipeline project: pipe-laying within the offshore section. By late 2019, our Turkish and European consumers will have a new, reliable source of Russian gas imports.”