Gazprom assessing South Stream technical issues

Gazprom has completed engineering and reconnaissance surveys in the Black Sea for the South Stream pipeline project to take gas from Russia to central and southeastern Europe.

Offshore staff

MOSCOW -- Gazprom has completed engineering and reconnaissance surveys in the Black Sea for the South Stream pipeline project to take gas from Russia to central and southeastern Europe.

A feasibility study has been conducted for the pipeline’s offshore section, which will be laid from the Russkaya compressor station on the Russian Black Sea coast to a landfall on the Bulgarian side.

This will be around 900 km (559 mi) long, cross water depths of up to 2,000 m (6,561 ft), and have annual throughput for the offshore section of up to 63 bcm (2.2 tcf).

Gazprom says it is compiling a comprehensive feasibility study to summarize data on separate sections of the gas trunkline and to develop technical solutions required to start construction.

Russia has signed agreements with Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria to authorize the onshore section through their territories.

06/11/2010

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