CONSTRUCTION of the 1,224 kilometre long Nord Stream Pipeline started in April 2010. Three pipe-laying barges were commissioned to work on the project: Saipem’s Castoro Sei – for the majority of the route in the Baltic Sea; Saipem’s Castoro Dieci – for the shallow waters in Germany; and Allseas’ Solitaire – for pipe laying in the Gulf of Finland.
The first of the the two parallel lines was completed in May 2011 and started operations in November 2011. The second line was completed well ahead of schedule in April 2012. It became operational in October 2012.
The two lines have the capacity to transport about 55 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas per year, enough to supply more than …