Turkey starts laying pipes for Black Sea gas project

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Turkey is embarking on the most important stage in the implementation of a project for the extraction of natural gas in the Black Sea from the Sakarya field.

Today, the laying of pipes of a 170-kilometer gas pipeline at a depth of up to 2,000 meters will begin. The work is expected to be completed within five months, the Yeni Safak newspaper reported on June 9.

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Pipe-laying will be carried out by special vessels “Kastoro-10” and “Kastrone”. The first last week arrived at the Black Sea port of Filhos, from where it is planned to lay an offshore gas pipeline, the second is still in the Eastern Mediterranean and is expected in Turkey in July. In total, about 20 ships and over 4 thousand people will be involved in the work, the newspaper writes.

The first gas from the Sakarya field, according to plans, will begin to flow to consumers in Turkey at the end of the first quarter of 2023.

At the initial stage, it is planned to produce about 10 mcm  of gas per day or 3.4-4 billion per year. By 2027-2028, the daily volume of gas production should be 40 mcm, annual volumes will grow to 15 billion m3. On the discovery of gas in the Black Sea with predicted reserves of 540 bcm, Turkish authorities announced in 2020. The reserves of the largest field, Sakarya, were reported to exceed 400 bcm. Turkey intends to invest about $10 billion in the development of the field.

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