Second Section of Blue Stream Pipeline Underway

Construction work on the second unit of the underwater section of the Blue Stream pipeline from Russia to Turkey has begun in the Black Sea. Nearly one hundred kilometers of pipe has been welded and laid on the seabed already. The pipeline is being laid at a depth of 2,000 meters.

The length of the second unit's underwater sea section will total 375 kilometers. The first thread was completed in February. The pipeline will connect Russia with the Turkish port of Samsun.

The first unit of the Blue Stream pipeline has begun to be tested. Russian gas supplies to Turkey are scheduled to begin later this year. The pipeline will have an annual throughput of 16 billion cubic meters of gas.