Three quarters of Nord Stream 2 offshore pipeline laid

Nord Stream 2 AG has laid 1,855 kilometers of the offshore gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea in Russian, Finnish, Swedish, and German waters. This corresponds to 75 percent of the overall length of the twin pipeline.

Pioneering Spirit vessel; Source: Nord Stream 2 AG

Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Russia’s Gazprom and the operator of the project, is proceeding with implementing the remaining quarter of the project, the company said on Monday.

Nord Stream 2 was designed as two parallel 48 inch lines, roughly 1,200 kilometers long, each starting from south-west of St Petersburg and ending at German coast, Greifswald. Nord Stream 2’s natural gas pipelines will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian gas a year to the EU, for at least 50 years.

Both strings have already been completed in German territorial waters and Finnish waters. Pipelay is currently ongoing in Russian territorial waters. At the landfalls in Germany and Russia, construction works have reached an advanced stage.

According to the operator, all pipes needed for the twin pipeline system have been concrete weight coated. Logistics operations are nearing completion.

Earlier in August, Saipem’s pipelay vessel Castoro 10 started the work off Rügen, Germany to tie together the two ends of a Nord Stream 2 pipe string laid last year on the seabed.

In Hanko, Finland and Karlshamn Sweden, the last pipes were loaded out to pipelay vessels during this summer. Storage and logistics are continuing in the Finnish and German hubs, Kotka and Mukran, respectively.

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