Moscow, June 26 - Neftegaz.RU. Pioneering Spirit resumed pipelaying of the second offshore string (Line 2) for the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline towards Kiyikoy in Turkey.
South Stream Transport B.V. reported this on June 26, 2018.
After entering the Black Sea on 20 June Pioneering Spirit completed a set of preparatory works, including lowering of the stinger and re-testing of pipelay equipment.
The pipeline head of the second string was recovered from the bottom of the Black Sea on the border of Russian and Turkish Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) at a depth of 2,170 meters.
This pipeline section up to the EEZ border at kilometer point 224 was installed in 2017.
Line 1 of the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline was completed in April 2018.
Calculated over the two lines, a total of 1,161 km of pipes has been laid so far.
This corresponds to 62% of the combined offshore gas pipeline length.
TurkStream is the project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries.
The first line of the gas pipeline is intended for the Turkish consumers, while the second line is designated for the Southern and South-Eastern Europe.
Each line will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
South Stream Transport B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom PJSC, is responsible for the construction of the gas pipeline’s offshore section that started on 7 May 2017.
Turkey is Gazprom’s second largest export market. Currently, Russian gas is delivered to Turkey via the Blue Stream gas pipeline and the Transbalkan Corridor.
In 2017, Gazprom supplied the record 29 bcm of gas to the Turkish market.
This is 4.3 bcm (17.3%) more than in 2016 and 1.7 bcm (6.2%) more than in 2014, when the previous maximum of 27.3 bcm was achieved.
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