South Stream begins construction on TurkStream receiving terminal

South Stream Transport BV has started constructing the receiving terminal of the TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline onshore in Turkey.

Preparations for the construction of the receiving terminal have been underway since 2015, including location surveys and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that was approved by Turkish authorities in 2017.

Petrofac was awarded the construction contract on 5 September 2017, and has contracted Tekfen as its main subcontractor; works involve the preparation of the area where the receiving terminal of the 900-km long pipeline will be located near the town of Kiyiköy.

Aside from the construction of the receiving terminal onshore in Turkey, construction of the landfall facility is also taking place onshore near Anapa, Russia, while Allseas vessel Pioneering Spirit continues laying the two 32 inch (813 mm) diameter deep water pipelines offshore in the Black Sea.

Gazprom has also received a construction permit for the second string of the pipeline’s offshore section stretching to the Turkish coast from the authorities of the Turkish Republic.

“The TurkStream project is well underway,” Gazprom Management Committee Chairman Dr Alexey Miller said.

“In accordance with the plan, it is carried out simultaneously at three sections: onshore in Russia and Turkey and offshore in the Black Sea.

“Over 760 km of the two strings are already built at the offshore section.

“We received a permit to lay the second string in the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of Turkey.

“We now have all of the required permits from the Turkish Government to lay the TurkStream gas pipeline in the offshore area.

“It is therefore a certainty that both strings of the gas pipeline will be put into operation right on time, before the end of 2019.”

For more information visit the TurkStream website.

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