The filling the first of the two TurkStream offshore pipelines with gas has commenced by injecting natural gas into the system. This is the final step in the commissioning of the pipelines.
Introducing gas to the pipeline system is a significant step towards the start of actual gas deliveries to Turkey and South-Eastern Europe through the newly developed offshore pipeline system. Commercial gas flow through TurkStream is planned to start by the end of 2019.
The gas that was injected into the TurkStream system is delivered through the Gazprom Unified Gas Supply System. The required pressure to fill the TurkStream system is generated by the Russkaya Compressor Station located near the city of Anapa on the Russian Black Sea coast. The pipelines will be filled with natural gas from Anapa landfall facility all the way to the Receiving Terminal located near the town of Kıyıköy on the Turkish Black Sea coast.
Commissioning works on the offshore part have started after the certification of both pipeline systems by the certification body, DNV GL, which confirms that the integrity and properties of the two
Construction activities at the Receiving Terminal are currently in their final stages. Turkish gas transmission operator BOTAŞ is working in parallel on building the first onshore pipeline to connect TurkStream to the Turkish gas network, while a Gazprom-BOTAŞ partnership is developing the second onshore line to carry gas to Turkey’s borders with Europe.