Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said in a statement on March 29 that the company aims to finish construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline by the end of 2019, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency and Russia’s TASS have reported. Gazprom plans to start laying Turkish Stream undersea pipes in the second half of this year, according to the statement. It has also set up a branch of South Stream Transport B.V. in Istanbul to coordinate work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project in Turkey, Miller told reporters. The drilling of the first section of the micro tunnel has been completed on the Russian stretch. The second micro tunnel is 98.5 percent ready.
On Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, affirmed that the construction of an offshore segment of Turkish Stream gas pipeline will start in the second half of the next year. The construction of offshore segment of Turkish Stream gas pipeline will start in 2017. He added that both lines, the first one and the second one, will be put into service by 2019 year-end. Miller also said that the feasibility study of entry points of Turkish Stream gas pipeline to EU territory is close to its completion and the Turkish-Greek border is the priority destination. The Russian authorities announced the launch of the Turkish Stream pipeline in December 2014 as an alternative to the South Stream gas pipeline project. It was planned that the offshore section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline would comprise four stretches with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters each.