More than 50 % of the construction pipeline that will supply Turkey with Russian natural gas under the Turkish Stream project has been completed, turkish Hürriyet reported on January 29, 2018.
The Turkish Stream project envisages the construction of 2 pipelines, each 939 kilometers long. 1 of the 2 pipelines has already reached the Turkey-Russia Exclusive Economic Zone, while over 530 kilometers of pipes have been laid along the 1st string that will carry Russian gas to Turkey.
The natural gas provided by the 1st pipeline alone will meet 35 % of Turkey’s gas consumption. The 2nd pipeline will carry Russian gas to Europe. The progress on the construction of the 2nd line will depend on from where Russian gas will enter Europe, the relevant gas agreements to be signed and the route.
The 1st stream of gas is expected to flow through the pipeline in December 2019. 2 lines will have a total throughput capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
Natural gas extracted from Novy Urengoy in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region in Russia’s Siberia will feed the Turkish Stream pipeline. The field, operated by Gazprom, sits on an estimated gas reserve of 12 trillion cubic meters, the 2nd largest in the world after Iran’s Southern Pars field.
Natural gas produced in the field is also transferred to Germany, Poland, Austria, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. A single gas field in Novy Urengoy, such as the 16th gas field, which employs 3,700 workers, can produce enough gas to meet Turkish Stream’s annual 31.5 billion cubic meters of capacity.