May 16, 2020

Plans for the Turkish Stream are put back in motion

Turkish stream
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak
Chris Weafer
a Senior Adviser at Macro-Advisory in Moscow
Catherine Sturman
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Russia and Turkey agree on the construction of the Turkish Stream
As a result of restored relations, Russia and Turkey are now discussing continuing work on the Turkish stream, which will involve the construction of tw...

As a result of restored relations, Russia and Turkey are now discussing continuing work on the Turkish stream, which will involve the construction of two lines. One will supply gas to Europe; the other will be for “European customers, consumers from southwestern European countries”, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said.

The line will be built to transport gas from Russia to Turkey, with the lines laid under the Black Sea.

Chris Weafer, a Senior Adviser at Macro-Advisory in Moscow said, “The Turkish Stream would be a big revenue earner for Turkey and could possibly open up the possibility of building the delayed Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which was planned to ease congestion in the Bosporus, and also draw Turkey closer to improving trade and investment in the Eurasia Economic Union.”

After speaking with Minister of Economy of Turkey Nihat Zeybekci, Novak continued, “We touched upon all issues relating to the development of our trade and economic cooperation, key issues of social cooperation related to the energy field.”

However, he added, “if the cost of transit exceeds statements of our Ukrainian colleagues, it will affect cost of transporting and the end price for Turkish customers. Therefore, Turkey is interested in direct gas transit, bypassing other transit countries. Thus, the Turkish Stream provides one thread of 15.75 bln cubic meters of gas Turkish consumers."  

The Turkish Stream pipeline was originally planned to replace the South Stream pipeline, but plans have now been set in motion for the project to commence.

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Jun 18, 2021

China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours

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Broad Group, a private manufacturing enterprise located in China has constructed a 10-storey steel apartment in 28 hours

The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”. 

A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.


Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce. 

Broad Group’s “Living Building” system

Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said. 

As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption. 

Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness. 

Other Broad Group projects 

Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built. 

In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days. 


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