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MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. Laying of the offshore segment of the Turkish Stream pipeline will begin in the middle of this year, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.
"All the permits for the first line of the offshore segment until 660 kilometer point were given and confirmed by the Turkish party. Work is already underway there; pipe laying will start from mid-2017," the Russian minister said.
The contract has already been awarded to the company that will deal with Turkish Stream’s offshore segment laying, Novak said.
"Survey work is currently underway along with obtainment of appropriate authorizations for the second segment; the environmental impact assessment was send to the Turkish party," he added.