Today, Pioneering Spirit resumed pipelaying of the second offshore string (Line 2) for the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline towards Kiyikoy in Turkey. After entering the Black Sea on 20 June Pioneering Spirit completed a set of preparatory works, including lowering of the stinger and re-testing of pipelay equipment. The pipeline head of the second string was recovered from the bottom of the Black Sea on the border of Russian and Turkish Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) at a depth of 2,170 meters. This pipeline section up to the EEZ border at kilometer point 224 was installed in 2017.
Line 1 completed in April
In April 2018, the pipelay for Line 1 of the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline was already completed. Calculated over the two lines, a total of 1,161 km of pipes has been laid so far. This corresponds to 62% of the combined offshore gas pipeline length.