Turkey has given the green light to the Environmental Impact Assessment (ÇED) report for the section of the South Stream Offshore Pipeline that will cross the country.

The report concluded that the project, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, is not expected to have any significant impact on the marine environment or fisheries in its Turkish section.

According to information provided by the company, the pipeline will be constructed at a distance of over 110 kilometers from the Turkish coast, in waters up to 2,200 meters deep.

Offshore pipe laying will start in Russian waters in late 2014 and the first vessel will enter the Turkish exclusive economic zone in the first quarter of 2015. The first pipeline will be operational by the end of 2015.