Russian and Turkish Presidents launched TurkStream gas pipeline, the Kremlin’s web page reported. The pipeline consists of two lines each of a capacity of 15.75 bln cubic meter per annum. The first line is to ship Russian gas to Turkey while the second to southern and southeastern Europe.
“Russia has been exporting gas to Turkey for 30 years. It was initially shipped through the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline, then through the direct, transit-free Blue Stream pipeline. Last year alone, 24 bln cubic meters of fuel was delivered,” Russia’s President said at the ceremony. “Now Russian gas will be shipped to Turkey via a new route, the TurkStream. This is in many ways a unique deep-sea gas transportation system, unprecedented in some parameters. Two parallel lines with a capacity of almost 16 bln cubic meters of gas each have been built. This involved laying over 1.8K kilometers of pipes, some of them at a more than two kilometer depth. This was a high-tech project because the gas pipeline runs at tremendous depth, as well as in a very hostile environment.”
According to the President, “The first line will deliver gas from the fields in western Siberia directly to Turkish partners. The second one will cross Turkey to the Balkans, carrying fuel to Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece. The supply of Russian gas through TurkStream will undoubtedly be of great importance for not only the Turkish economy and the Black Sea region, but will also have a positive impact on the development of many south European countries, and will contribute to improving Europe’s overall energy security.”
“To build the pipeline, advanced innovative technologies were used to achieve the highest economic efficiency of gas transportation, and guarantee the safety and environmental friendliness of the pipeline operation. The builders used the most modern machinery and equipment. They also set a new world record of the fastest underwater installation of pipes – over six kilometers in one day,” he noted.