First pipes laid as Turkey starts pumping gas from the Black Sea in Q1 2023

Turkey on Monday laid the first pipes for the pipeline network that will transport onshore natural gas, which the country has discovered in the Black Sea, as it seeks to start pumping the gas early next year.

The gas pipeline that will connect the wells of the Sakarya gas field to the gas processing facility at the port of Filyos in Zonguldak province in the northern Black Sea will start pumping gas from the first quarter of 2023, said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Located about 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the coast of Turkey in the Black Sea, the gas field is home to the largest natural gas discovery ever made in the country. Its Fatih drillship discovered 540 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas there in August 2020.

The pipeline, which will stretch approximately 170 kilometers and connect the wells in the region to the main network, will be laid at a water depth of 2,200 meters.

“In the first quarter of 2023, we will have transferred 10 million cubic meters of natural gas per day, which will be produced in the first phase, to our national transmission network,” Erdoğan said at an event in Filyos.

“The Sakarya gas field will reach its peak production from 2026,” Erdoğan said.

Work on the gas processing facility at Filyos is also underway. Around 4,200 workers are said to be engaged in its construction process.

Turkey sees energy as “the key to regional cooperation, not an area of ​​tension and conflict”, Erdoğan said.

“We will continue our struggle in a multifaceted way until we make Turkey a country that has completely solved the problem of energy supply security,” he added.

Also addressing the event, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said the gas field will go down in history as the world’s fastest offshore field development project. exploration to first production.

“Today we will lay the first pipes that will transport Black Sea gas from the sea to land,” Dönmez said.

The Black Sea Gas Field is Turkey’s first offshore natural gas production site, “but it won’t be the last”, the mint added.

The first stage will see the transport of 10 million cubic meters of gas per day, a figure that will increase to 40 million cubic meters in the second stage, Dönmez noted.

Production of 35,000 pipes, which will be laid on the seabed, has been completed, he said, adding that 95 percent of the pipes have been shipped.

Meanwhile, Erdoğan also announced that the fourth Turkish drillship was called Abdülhamid Han, one of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire.

“It is also important that we make such a historic discovery with entirely national resources,” he added.

Turkey currently has three drillships, Fatih, Kanuni and Yavuz, operating in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

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