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Allseas vessel starts laying Nord Stream 2 pipes in Russian waters

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 2, 2019
Allseas-owned pipelay vessel Solitaire on Tuesday started laying the first line of the Nord Stream 2 twin gas pipeline in Russian waters.
Nord Stream 2 pipes
Russia   The Solitaire would spend about a month constructing
Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Russia’s Gazprom and operator of the Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, said on Tuesday that the Solitaire would spend about a month constructing one of the two, approximately 100-kilometers-long sections in the Russian territorial sea.

Solitaire is a 300-meters-long and 41-meters-wide dynamically positioned vessel that will lay pipes around the clock seven days a week. It accommodates up to 420 people on board. The vessel is positioned using thrusters instead of anchors, which helps to minimize the impact on the environment and marine traffic, as only the pipeline itself touches the seabed along the pipeline route.

Pipe supply vessels will deliver the 12-meter, 24-tonne concrete weight coated steel pipes from the project’s nearest logistics hub in Kotka, Finland.

The operator also said that construction works were proceeding well and according to plans also at the Russian and German landfalls, the entry and exit points of the pipeline system.

Furthermore, offshore pipelay is on-going in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone by giant Pioneering Spirit vessel.

Over 1,100 kilometers of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline have been laid in total so far, according to Nord Stream 2 AG.