MOSCOW – Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the South Stream gas pipeline’s section through Turkish waters.
Thepipelines will be laid more than 110 km (68 mi) offshore Turkey in the Black Sea in water depths of up to 2,200 m (7,218 ft). Installation of the first string will start in Russian waters later this year.
The first pipelay vessel will enter the Turkish exclusive economic zone during 1Q 2015, and the completed first offshore pipeline will be commissioned by late 2015.
The report assesses potential environmental impacts caused by the construction program, including on the seabed geology, water quality, and marine ecology.
In addition, the report proposes various measures for the lay route including bypasses the locations of shipwrecks.