St. Petersburg, May 16 - Neftegaz.RU. Russia's Gazprom expects to send its 1st gas through the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline to Turkey by the end of December, Gazprom's deputy chairman Vitaly Markelov said, Turkish Anadolu Agency reported.
V. Markelov confirmed that the sub-sea section to transport 31.5 billion cubic meters per year from Russia to Turkey and Russia's land section have been constructed while Turkey's onshore section is nearly 73% complete.
The project is the biggest-diameter offshore gas pipeline in the world laid at such depths. The deep-sea pipelaying was carried out by Pioneering Spirit, the world's biggest construction vessel.
TurkStream will allow Gazprom to redirect some of the volumes it currently exports to Europe through Ukraine.