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TurkStream will substantially enhance the reliability of gas supply to Turkey, as well as to southern and southeastern Europe
Turkey is one of the largest consumers of Russian gas. At present, Russia supplies gas to Turkey via the Blue Stream and Trans-Balkan gas pipelines.
Blue Stream gas pipeline facilities
TurkStream is a new export gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea. The first string of the pipeline is intended for Turkish consumers, while the second string will deliver gas to southern and southeastern Europe.
The first and second strings of TurkStream will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters each.
Russkaya compressor station
TurkStream’s offshore section will run over 900 kilometers from the Russkaya CS near Anapa across the Black Sea to the Turkish seaboard, with an onshore string for gas transit to be laid up to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries.
On December 1, 2014, Gazprom and Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation signed the Memorandum of Understanding to construct a gas pipeline running across the Black Sea toward Turkey.
Alexey Miller and Mehmet Konuk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Botas, signing Memorandum of Understanding to construct gas pipeline across Black Sea toward Turkey. Photo by RIA Novosti
In September 2016, Gazprom received first permits for the TurkStream project from the Turkish authorities.
Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkish Republic, and Alexey Miller flying over planned route of TurkStream’s onshore section. Photo by Anadolu Agency
On October 10, 2016, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Turkish Republic inked the Agreement on the TurkStream project.
Signing of Agreement on TurkStream project between Government of Russian Federation and Government of Turkish Republic, October 10, 2016. Photo by RIA Novosti
In December 2016, South Stream Transport B.V. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom) and Allseas Group S.A. signed the contract to build the first string of the TurkStream gas pipeline’s offshore section with an option for laying the second string.
On May 7, 2017, construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline was commenced in the Black Sea near the Russian coast.
The Audacia pipe-laying vessel
Pioneering Spirit, world's largest construction vessel, employed to build deep-water section of TurkStream gas pipeline