Turk Stream Pipeline to Stop for Maintenance

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Russia’s Gazprom will stop the 31.5 Bcm/yr Turk Stream gas export pipeline for a week of planned maintenance starting Jun. 22, project operator South Stream Transport said Wednesday. Turk Stream, launched in early 2020, supplies Russian gas to Turkey and further into Europe -- markets where Gazprom is facing increasing competition from LNG. “Gas transmission through both offshore lines of Turk Stream will be temporarily halted from Jun. 22 until Jun. 29. The shutdown is related to annual planned maintenance and basic diagnostic works,” said South Stream Transport, which is fully owned by Gazprom. Turk Stream is expected to stop once again for two weeks of maintenance in mid-July. Gazprom’s other offshore pipeline to Turkey, the 16 Bcm/yr Blue Stream, stopped for two weeks in mid-May (LNGI May13'21). One of the two Turk Stream lines is designed to supply Turkey, while the other one now supplies Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania via an onshore continuation. Turk Stream operated at 73% of capacity in the first quarter this year and Gazprom expects it to increase when Turk Stream gas starts flowing to Hungary in October.

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