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Nord Stream 2: an update

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World Pipelines,

At a recent meeting, Gazprom’s management committee took note of information regarding progress made on the Nord Stream 2 project. The committee commended the progress made on the project, stressing that it was running according to the approved schedule.

In early September, Nord Stream 2 AG (the operator of the project) signed a contract for concrete weight coating, logistics, and pipe storage with a subsidiary of Wasco Group. At the end of September, the first pipes manufactured by United Metallurgical Company and Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant were delivered to the coating plant in Finland.

The first pipes produced by Europipe GmbH arrived at the coating facility in Germany in late October.

Basic engineering is currently underway for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline’s offshore section and the landfalls in Russia and Germany. Geotechnical surveys are being carried out in the Bay of Greifswald’s offshore and onshore areas that will be traversed by the pipeline. National Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports are also under development, along with a consolidated EIA report.

Allseas has been chosen to lay the first string of the gas pipeline. In early December, Nord Stream 2 AG and Allseas inked a Letter of Intent for laying the first string’s offshore section. They will also have the option to collaborate on the second string.

Gazprom has expressed confidence that the pipeline would come onstream before the end of 2019.

Image courtesy of Gazprom

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