South Stream Transport has officially announced the start of construction of the receiving terminal of the TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline. With the start of the onshore construction in Turkey, the project is now being implemented in three construction areas: onshore Russia, onshore Turkey and offshore Black Sea.
Since 2015, surveys have been conducted to identify the best location for the facility. The results have been incorporated in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which was approved by Turkish authorities in September 2017. All necessary permits to prepare the area for construction are in place.
The contract for the construction of the receiving terminal has been awarded to Petrofac in September 2017. Petrofac is currently mobilizing and has contracted Tekfen, one of Turkish leading construction companies, as its main subcontractor.
The works involve the preparation of the area where the Receiving Terminal will be located in the Turkish Thrace region, near the town of Kiyiköy. In line with the requirements of the Turkish legislation, South Stream Transport B.V. has obtained the Forestry permit and has paid the necessary fees to the Forestry Directorate which includes the re-forestation fee.
The construction of the landfall facilities on the Russian side of the Black Sea, near the city of Anapa, is reaching the final stages of construction. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2018.
The Allseas vessel ‘Pioneering Spirit’ is working on the two offshore pipelines. The first line is currently being laid all the way up to the Turkish shore.
The TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline will consist of two parallel gas pipelines stretching for 930 kilometres across the Black Sea, each with a diameter of 81 centimetres and an annual throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters. TurkStream will be the first pipeline of its size to be installed at a water depth of up to 2,200 metres. One of the pipelines will cater for the Turkish market, while the other will stretch to the Turkish-European border to ensure reliable deliveries of Russian gas to south and south-east Europe. In line with the schedule, first gas is expected to flow through TurkStream by the end of 2019.