Installation of the first gas compressor unit (GCU) was carried out late last year at the Russkaya compressor station (CS) in the Krasnodar Territory in Russia’s southernmost region. The station will ensure gas transmission via the South Stream gas pipeline. The station will ultimately be equipped with 14 similar compressor units having an aggregate capacity of 448 MW.
South Stream is aimed at constructing a gas pipeline with a capacity of 64 Bcm across the Black Sea to Southern and Central Europe for the purpose of diversifying natural gas export routes and eliminating transit risks.
The Russkaya compressor station will annually pump 63 Bcm of natural gas through the Black Sea for more than 900 km.
South Stream’s offshore section will run under the Black Sea from the Russkaya compressor station on the Russian coast to the Bulgarian coast. A 1,455-km offshore section will cross Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia. The gas pipeline will end at the Tarvisio gas distribution station in Italy. Gas branches from the main pipeline route will be built to Croatia and to Republika Srpska (the state formation within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
South Stream construction is currently under way in Russia, Bulgaria and Serbia. First gas will be supplied via South Stream in 2015, with the pipeline reaching full capacity in 2018.