2017 June 23 16:43

Vladimir Putin launched the alignment of the shallow and deep-water sections of the Turkish Stream (photo)

Vladimir Putin took part in a symbolic launch of the alignment of the shallow and deep-water sections of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline aboard the Pioneering Spirit heavy lift construction vessel.

According to official website of Kremlin, the President also took a tour of the ship and held a working meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

The underwater gas pipeline will ensure safe and stable deliveries of natural gas to the Turkish market and to customers in southern and southeastern Europe. The annual planned capacity is 31.5 billion cubic metres.

Pioneering Spirit, one of the world’s largest construction vessels, is capable of installing pipelines on the seabed. The ship can lay up to five kilometres of pipes per day at the depth of up to two kilometres.