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Wasco awards pipe handling contract on Nord Stream 2

Wasco awards pipe handling contract on Nord Stream 2

The company responsible for pipe coating on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Wasco, has awarded a subcontract to Blue Water Shipping on the project.

Blue Water Shipping, based in Esbjerg, Denmark, will be responsible for the transportation, handling and storage of 113,000 of the 200,000 pipes required for the project.

The remaining 87,000 pipes will be shipped from Wasco’s coating facilities directly to one Allseas’ three pipelaying vessels which will be used to construct the subsea pipeline.

More than half of the 12-m long, 48-inch diameter pipe required for the project will be coated at Wasco’s plant in the Port of HaminaKotka, which is expected to be completed in late 2018.

Concrete weight coating increases the stability of the pipes on the seabed, as it doubles their weight to 24 t and protects them from external damage during storage, transportation, and installation as they are lowered on to the seabed.

The contract includes transportation of pipes from Wasco’s coating facilities in Mukran, Germany, and Kotka, Finland, to storage yards in Karlshamn, Sweden, and Hanko, Finland.

Blue Water Shipping will also load the pipes, transport them to storage yards, operate the storage yards, and load the feeder vessels transferring the pipes to the pipelaying vessels.

“We are very proud to have won this contract,” Blue Water Shipping CEO Kurt Skov.

“Over the years, we have built a strong position as a specialist in managing and executing projects with logistical challenges.

“We have comprehensive experience with port operations including the management and operation of temporary facilities.

“We are looking forward to the cooperation with Wasco and Nord Stream 2.”

The 1,200-km Nord Stream 2 will be one of the world’s longest offshore pipelines, extending from the coast of Russia to Greifswald on Germany’s northern coast, via the Baltic Sea.

A comprehensive Nord Stream 2 project update was published in the June edition of Pipelines International.

For more information visit the Nord Stream 2 website.

If you have a project you would like featured in Pipelines International contact Managing Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

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