The pipe-laying vessel Pioneering Spirit has completed the construction of the offshore section of the TurkStream gas pipeline today.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave the command to weld the final joint of the second line of the gas pipeline.
The construction of TurkStream, the new gas pipeline connecting Russia and Turkey across the Black Sea, is now entering its final stage. The works are ahead of the schedule, since laying the offshore section of the gas pipeline has been completed today, and not in December as planned earlier. Rapid pace of the project implementation is the result of the well-coordinated and concentrated efforts of the project team. The gas pipeline will become operational at the end of 2019. ‘It will reinforce the energy security of Turkey and the Southern and Southeastern Europe further’, noted Alexei Miller, the Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom PJSC.