Gazprom 95% Completes TurkStream Gas Pipeline's Offshore Section
Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom is progressing a number of gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea projects with three major projects already 95.5 percent complete, the company claimed.
The TurkStream will soon see the completion of its offshore section, bringing closer a consistent the supply of Russian gas to Turkey and its neighbours.
"The Company continues to pursue the extensive Eastern Gas Program and to build facilities associated with supplying gas to domestic consumers and to China. In particular, 127 producing gas wells were drilled at the Chayandinskoye field, the linchpin of the Yakutia gas production center. Also underway is the installation of the gas field’s core process equipment," a release from Gazprom Board of Directors said.
A total of 2,064 kilometers of pipes are already welded and laid for the Power of Siberia gas pipeline between Yakutia and the Russian-Chinese border. This translates into 95.5 per cent of the pipeline length.
Power of Siberia’s two-string submerged crossing under the Amur River is 90 per cent complete, with pipe pulling finished in both tunnels. The Atamanskaya compressor station is being built near the border.
Construction of top-priority facilities for the first start-up complex of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP), a key link in the gas supplies chain via Power of Siberia, is running at full speed. The 2018 navigation plan is completed, with 58 units of heavy and large equipment delivered to the construction site by sea and river transport.
Before the end of this year, Gazprom also intends to launch the project for the expansion of the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline within the section from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to Khabarovsk. Design documentation is fully ready.
In the west of the country, the Company actively pursues strategic projects aimed at enhancing Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System (UGSS).
A third and final gas production facility of the Bovanenkovskoye field is coming onstream in the Yamal Peninsula, where the domestic industry’s key gas production center is based. The Company is performing start-up operations for the core process equipment, with commissioning scheduled to take place in 2018.
In addition, it was decided to start the full-scale pre-development of Kharasaveyskoye, another large field in Yamal, in 2019.
The Board noted that onstruction of the TurkStream gas pipeline is in full swing. As of today, 1,775 kilometers of the two strings are ready, which translates into 95 per cent of the overall length of TurkStream’s offshore section. The landfall near the Russian town of Anapa is completed and the ongoing start-up operations will be finished in 2018. In addition, a receiving terminal is being constructed near the Turkish settlement of Kiyikoy.
Both gas pipelines will come into operation before the end of 2019.