Allseas Bags Nord Stream 2 Project Contract

Photo: Nord Stream 2

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

Following an international tender process, Nord
Stream 2 AG have awarded a contract for offshore pipelay of the
Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea to
Allseas.

The company will undertake offshore pipelay works for both lines
in 2018 and 2019. Allseas will use three pipelaying vessels -
Pioneering Spirit, Solitaire and Audacia.

The utilisation of the dynamically-positioned pipelay vessels,
which are able to carry out precise maneuvering without anchors,
should ensure additional environmental protection and safety in
the congested Baltic Sea. Allseas' Solitaire previously laid
parts of the Nord Stream pipeline in the Gulf of Finland.

The utilisation of the dynamically-positioned pipelay vessels,
which are able to carry out precise maneuvering without anchors,
should ensure additional environmental protection and safety in
the congested Baltic Sea. Allseas' Solitaire previously laid
parts of the Nord Stream pipeline in the Gulf of Finland.

The contract to be signed within the next days follows the letter
of intent agreed between both parties last December. Other
tenders including the near-shore pipelay tenders in Russia and
Germany are ongoing.

Henning Kothe, Chief Project Officer of Nord Stream 2 AG said:
"This is another key milestone for Nord Stream 2. I am pleased
that we have secured the necessary pipelay capacity for the
project in the highly specialised offshore pipelay market.
Following the award decisions in 2016 for pipe supply and for
coating & logistics, we now have the major contracts in place
to complete the project on schedule."

The Nord Stream 2 project is proceeding as planned, including
engineering, procurement, surveys, environmental impact
assessments and permitting. Pipe production at three pipemills is
ongoing, with a total of 480 km of pipes to be produced by the
end of Q1 2017.

Some 45,000 km of seabed have been covered by various survey
vessels along the route corridor to ensure the safe installation
and operation of the pipeline, with minimum environmental
impacts. Altogether around 200 companies from 20 countries are
involved in implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project for
Europe's long-term security of supply.

Feb 23, 2017

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