(nord-stream) -- The Nord Stream
Project took another major step forward today with the completion of offshore
pipelay of the second of its twin 1,224-kilometre gas pipelines through the
Baltic Sea ahead of schedule.
Following extensive pre-commissioning and
commissioning, Line 2 is scheduled to begin transporting gas towards the end of
2012 as part of a fully automated twin-pipeline gas transport system capable of
transporting 55 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year from Russia to the
European Union, for at least 50 years.
The last of the 99,953 steel pipes for Line 2 was made in Germany by
Europipe, concrete-weight-coated at EUPEC's plant in Mukran, shipped to the
Slite marshalling yard on the coast of the Swedish Island of Gotland and
transported by a pipe-carrying vessel to Saipem's Castoro Sei laybarge, where it
was welded onto the pipeline and lowered to the seabed on April 18, 2012. This
marked also the completion of the logistics activities for the Nord Stream