Allseasí heavy lift/pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit has started pipelaying on the deepwater sections of the TurkStream gas pipeline.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, made a visit to the vessel as it commenced pipelaying work. Mr Putin and Alexey Miller, chairman of the management committee of Gazprom PJSC, observed the vessel at work and visited the firing line where welding and coating processes are performed.
The TurkStream pipeline will export Russian gas through the Black Sea to Turkey and neighbouring countries. The first string of the gas pipeline will supply gas for Turkish consumers; the second string will deliver gas to southern and southeastern Europe. Each line will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion m3 of gas per year.
On 10 October 2016, Russia and Turkey signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on the TurkStream project. South Stream Transport BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is responsible for construction of the pipelineís offshore section. Another Allseas vessel, Audacia, began construction of the shallow water section of the pipeline in May.