Zug (Switzerland), July 25 - Neftegaz.RU. Nord Stream 2 AG, a Gazprom subsidiary and the operator of the Nord Stream 2 project, has informed that a Saipem-owned installation barge has started preparatory works for future pipelaying for the Nord Stream 2 project.
The company said that the offshore installation barge Castoro 10 started preparatory works for future pipelaying for the Nord Stream 2 project during the day. The vessel has been previously used for work on the original Nord Stream project.
Nord Stream 2 AG said the pipelay barge Castoro 10 had assumed its starting position with the help of its eight anchors in the shallow waters of Lubmin, Germany. During operations, pipe segments are welded together on board the vessel and pulled ashore by a high-performance winch to connect the landfall facilities of Nord Stream 2 with the new offshore pipeline.
Simultaneously, preparatory works for the subsequent pipelaying, in the Bay of Greifswald, Germany continue. 5 excavators are currently working on the 29-kilometer long pipe trench. Nord Stream 2 expects to complete construction works in the Bay of Greifswald by the end of this year.
The project will have the capacity to transport up to 55 billion cu m of gas per year from Russia to Europe, connecting with pipelines within the European Union for onwards transmission.