Russia’s Gazprom begins construction of Turkey pipeline

Map of the planned Turkish Stream (Wikipedia).

Russia’s Gazprom has begun constructing the first stage of the Turkish Stream pipeline that will run gas from southern Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Switzerland’s Allseas Group S.A has begun laying pipes on the Russian shore of Black Sea. The pipeline will when completed by the end of 2019 allow the state-owned Gazprom company to send gas direct to southern Europe through the Turkish Stream while bypassing Ukraine.

The Turkish Stream intergovernmental agreement was signed in October 2016 after having been halted for almost a year following the shootdown of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey in November 2015.

The European Union has opposed previous projects of Gazprom to ship gas direct to southern Europe, forcing the Russian company to ditch preceding plans.