The final tests of the first line of Turkstream natural gas pipeline project have been done in anticipation of the expected launch on January 8.

Footage which filmed on Thursday, shows workers preparing the station on the Turkish side near the city of Kiyikoy.

Gas pumping process for the Turkish side has been almost completed awaiting the official launching for the gas supplies into the Turkish market.

Construction manager of Turkish Stream Erol Yazigi said "The project is close to completion, and we are ready to turn it in, only minor tweaks remain. Most tanks are already full and ready for use. As soon as the launch is officially announced, gas will enter the Turkish market at the first stage."

The 930 kilometres (578 miles) long sea section of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline, the construction of which started in 2017 connects Russian city of Anapa in the Krasnodar region and Turkish Kıyıkoy town in the Kırklareli Province through the Black Sea.

The first string of pipelines is responsible for delivering gas from Russia to Turkey and the second string will be supplying southern and southeastern Europe., bypassing Ukraine.

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