Approximately 19 percent of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline has been constructed, according to Alexander Novak, Russia's Energy Minister on Friday.
Novak, who spoke at the Izmir International Fair, said the TurkStream project aims to increase the energy security for Turkey and the European Union.
The construction of the gas pipeline’s offshore section commenced in May in the Black Sea in Russia's Black Sea Coast.
"More than 170 kilometers of the pipeline has been laid," Novak was quoted by Russia's Sputnik news agency.
The pipes for the TurkStream will start from the southern Russian town of Anapa on the Black Sea coast and will be laid over a 900-kilometer route under the Black Sea to reach the Thrace region of Turkey along the Black Sea coast.
The TurkStream will send Russian gas to Turkey with the first of its two lines.
The second line of the project will carry Russian gas to southern and southeastern Europe.
The total capacity of the dual pipeline system is set to be 31.5 billion cubic meters.
By Murat Temizer
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