Nord Stream finished laying the first pipeline in the Gulf

— At the bottom of the Baltic Sea were laid in 1000 from 1,220 km — lay two of the three sections of the first line

04.02.11. The world's largest pipelay vessel Solitaire has completed a range of work on the laying of the first pipeline "Nord Stream". In just ten months of the three pipe-laying vessels (Solitaire, Castoro Sei and Castoro Dieci) has already laid 1,000 km or 83,300 pipes. This constitutes two of the three sections of the first line. The remaining 220 km of pipe-laying of the first line is completed the vessel Saipem's Castoro Sei in April 2011 "We have completed the laying of the most difficult section of the gas pipeline on schedule. To date, at the bottom of the Baltic Sea have already been laid more than 80% of the first line "Nord Stream" — said the deputy director of the Nord Stream construction Ruurd Hoekstra. — Together with our general building contractor company Saipem for work in the area in the Gulf, we have chosen pipelay vessel with dynamic positioning Solitaire company Allseas. It works without anchors and therefore has an impact on the seabed. It came as a further guarantee of safety when working in the area of the Baltic Sea, which is known for high-density shipping lines and the presence of minefields left over from the war. Stacking is done exactly on the route agreed with the authorities of Russia and Finland. I am happy to report that everything went according to plan, "he added.

"Our building program is implemented flawlessly through careful planning of all elements of the project — technical, environmental, logistics, as well as security and maintenance. When developing these components, we are constantly consulted with state agencies in all five countries through whose waters the pipeline will pass," — added Ruurd Hoekstra.

The three segments of the gas pipeline will be connected directly to the bottom of the sea at two points. The plot, laid in the Gulf, and the central region will be connected to each other just off the coast of Finland in the spring of this year, at a depth of about 80 meters. Connect the central and south-western areas this summer off the coast of the island of Gotland, Sweden, at a depth of approximately 110 meters, will be the final stage of construction of the first line.


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