Challenges of a large Offshore Project from a line pipe manufacturers view
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The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will transport natural gas into the European Union (EU) to enhance the security of supply, support climate goals and strengthen the internal energy market. Running through the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2 will deliver natural gas directly from some of the world’s largest known reserves in Russia to the neighbouring EU gas market. The pipeline route starts in Narva Bay (Russia) and travels to a planned landfall close to Lubmin (Germany). Construction of the pipeline is scheduled to commence in 2018, before the pipeline system is commissioned in late 2019. EUROPIPE was contracted to deliver about 1150 km of 48 in. dia. line pipe. The wall thicknesses range from 26.8 mm to 34.6 mm with a majority on the thinner wall for the German Baltic Sea area. The supply includes a three layer polyethylene anti-corrosion coating. Along with the delivery of line pipe, EUROPIPE received an order for the production and delivery of 99 buckle arrestors and transition pieces as well as the induction bends for the landfalls in Germany and Russia. This paper will outline the challenges that EUROPIPE has managed when manufacturing and delivering pipe for use on the Nord Stream 2 project maintaining the tough time schedule.