Gazprom has constructed 80% of the total length of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Alexei Miller, Chairman of the Board of the Russian gas holding, said at a telephone conference on Thursday.
“Gazprom is continuing the implementation of the most important export projects in the European direction. So, preparatory work is underway to lay pipes of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Germany in Lubmin district. The Turkish Stream gas pipeline is being constructed: 1,500 kilometers of pipes of both strings or about 80% of the pipeline’s total length have been laid”, Gazprom CEO said.
In May 2017, the Russian holding has launched construction of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which will pass along the bottom of the Black Sea toward the coast of Turkey. Its length amounts to 930 kilometers.
The first string of the pipeline is intended for the Turkish domestic market, while the second one will be exploited to supply gas to the countries of South and South-Eastern Europe. The capacity of each string is over 15 billion cubic meters of gas annually. The gas supplies are scheduled for late 2019.
In late May, Gazprom and the Turkish government signed a protocol on the offshore section of the Turkish Stream’s transit line with the aim to supply gas to consumers in Europe.