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TurkStream gas pipeline brought online, strengthening energy security in Europe

The TurkStream gas pipeline has officially been launched in a ceremony that was attended by numerous heads of state, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The grand opening ceremony for the gas pipeline, which will help strengthen energy security in Turkey and Europe, was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, energy minister for Russia, Alexander Novak, energy and natural resources minister for Turkey, Fatih Donmez, and Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller.

Located in the Black Sea, the TurkStream pipeline links the gas transmission systems of Russia and Turkey, with a combined throughput capacity of 31.5 billion cubic metres of gas. One branch of the pipeline will deliver gas to Turkey, while a second is intended for gas transit to southern and southeastern Europe through Turkish territory.

The pipelaying for the gas pipeline took 15 months to complete, and was finished ahead of schedule in November 2018. Construction of the receiving terminal, which is located near the Kiyikoy settlement in Turkey, was completed in 2019.

“The launch of TurkStream is a history-making event,” commented Gazprom’s Alexey Miller. “Firstly, taking into account exports via Blue Stream, we have paved the way for direct transit-free supplies to fully meet Turkey’s needs for Gazprom’s gas. Secondly, Europe now has a new and reliable route to receive Russian pipeline gas.

“There is no doubt that, thanks to all of this, our cooperation with our Turkish and European partners is shifting to a new level and is going to help improve energy security in the region.”