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TurkStream offshore deep-water pipe laying has begun

23 June 2017

Today, Gazprom PJSC has started the installation of the TurkStream pipeline in the deep-water section near Anapa.

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin gave an official start to the pipelaying works during his visit to the pipelaying vessel Pioneering Spirit.

Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller, the Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom PJSC, observed the process system of the vessel. In particular, they visited the firing line where welding and coating processes are performed.


“Pioneering Spirit — the largest construction vessel in the world — will embark on a challenging task. It will be constructing the deep-water section of the TurkStream gas pipeline. This is a new reliable route for the delivery of Russian gas to Turkey and further to Southern and South-Eastern Europe.

Natural gas is the key energy source for Turkey. It is used generate 38% of the electric power in the country. More than 12 mln households are using gas for heating and cooking purposes. Construction of TurkStream will considerably increase the region’s energy security.

Natural gas is of no less important to Southern and South-Eastern Europe either. The drop in the gas production and the necessity to decrease the share of coal in energy supply of the Balkan countries creates the ground for sustainable growth of natural gas demand in this part of Europe,”

— the Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom PJSC, Alexey Miller said.

Background

TurkStream is the project for a transit-free export gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries. The first string of the gas pipeline is intended for Turkish consumers, while the second string will deliver gas to southern and southeastern Europe. Each line will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year. On 10 October 2016, Russia and Turkey signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on the TurkStream project. South Stream Transport B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is responsible for the construction of the gas pipeline’s offshore section. On 7 May, the Audacia vessel commenced construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline in the Russian nearshore.

Allseas Group is the world’s leading company in offshore pipe-laying and subsea construction. The company is focused on comprehensive project implementation, including design, material and equipment procurement, construction, and commissioning.

Pioneering Spirit is the largest construction vessel in the world, 477 m long and 124 m wide, designed for deep-water pipe-laying, installation and removal of large oil and gas offshore platforms.

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