Belgrade, Serbia – TurkStream is a natural gas pipeline running from Russia to Turkey. It starts from Russkaya compressor station near Anapa in Russia’s Krasnodar Region, crossing the Black Sea to the receiving terminal at Kiyikoy, Kirklareli.  Turkstream’s Serbia leg, which was ceremonially launched at the beginning of 2020, was also put into operation. About 6m cubic meters of natural gas will be delivered to Serbia within days via the operational pipeline.

The Serbian leg of the Turkstream Gas Pipeline, which will transmit Russian natural gas to Turkey and to Europe via Turkey, was launched at a ceremony.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, as well as Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tomislav Momirovic, Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Bocan Harcenko and Dusan Bajatovic, CEO of Serbian gas company Srbijagas, attended the ceremony in Gospodjinci, in the northern municipality of Zabalj.

Natural gas will be delivered to Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina via Serbia, Vucic said at the ceremony. Bajatovic also said that about 6m cubic meters of natural gas will be delivered to Serbia within a day through the pipeline, which is operational.

The annual capacity of the line, which was officially inaugurated at the beginning of 2020 at a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is 31.5 billion cubic meters. Construction of the line was decided in 2014 and construction began in 2017.