May 7, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
Rbc.ru, translated by Tom Winter –
|Gazprom [Газпром] tube, seen from the inside|
Gazprom has begun laying the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. The first work off the Russian Black Sea coast is being carried out by the pipe-laying ship Audacia.
The construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline is underway on the Russian Black Sea coast, Interfax reported, citing a statement from Gazprom.
Laying is being conducted by the ship Audacia of Allseas, which is a contractor of both strings of the marine section of the gas pipeline. Audacia will subsequently pull the pipes from the shore through microtunnels.
In the deep-water part of the Black Sea, Turkish Stream will build a pipelaying vessel, Pioneering Spirit.
“The project is being implemented strictly according to plan, and by the end of 2019 our Turkish and European consumers will receive a new reliable route for the import of Russian gas,” Gazprom’s president, Alexei Miller, said.
In December 2016, Gazprom signed a contract with the Allseas Group for the construction of the first line of the offshore section of the gas pipeline with an option to lay the second line. The length of the sea section of the Turkish Stream will be about 900 km/ It will pass from Anapa, where work began, to the Turkish coast of the Black Sea 100 km west of Istanbul. The maximum depth of laying of pipes is 2200 m.
The first line of the gas pipeline is intended for the Turkish market, the second will be for the countries of Southern Europe. The capacity of each line is 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
Plans for the construction of the gas pipeline were announced as early as 2014, but the project was postponed when the Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian Su-24 on the border with Syria in November 2015. The aggravation of relations with Turkey continued until June 2016, when the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized.
Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the Turkish Stream in October 2016. President Vladimir Putin ratified the agreement in February 2017.
In March, the countries prepared a regulatory framework for the construction of the first stage of the gas pipeline, and also discussed the construction schedule, said Alexander Novak, the head of the Ministry of Energy.