Photo: The symbolic joint on the stinger being laid down in the Black Sea at the Exclusive Economic Zone border of Russia and Turkey. Image Source: TurkStream

Pioneering Spirit Returns to TurkStream Duty

Pioneering Spirit has resumed pipelaying of the second offshore string for the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline towards Kiyikoy in Turkey.

After entering the Black Sea on June 20, Pioneering Spirit completed a set of preparatory works, including lowering of the stinger and re-testing of pipelay equipment.

The pipeline head of the second string was recovered from the bottom of the Black Sea on the border of Russian and Turkish Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) at a depth of 2,170 meters.

This pipeline section up to the EEZ border at kilometer point 224 was installed in 2017.

In April 2018, the pipelay for Line 1 of the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline was already completed. Calculated over the two lines, a total of 1,161 km of pipes has been laid so far.

TurkStream is the project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries. The first line of the gas pipeline is intended for the Turkish consumers, while the second line is designated for the Southern and South-Eastern Europe.

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