Saipem clinches first-phase South Stream offshore pipelay

Offshore staff

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – South Stream Transport has contracted Saipem to lay the first of the four South Stream offshore gas pipelines through the southern part of the Black Sea.

Under the €2-billion ($2.78-billion) contract, Saipem will compile project documentation, perform the offshore installation, erect process facilities in the shore crossing areas, and construct the landfalls. It will weld the pipes together onboard an unnamed vessel, with the Castoro Sei and Saipem 7000 assigned to lay the pipes. Saipem 7000 installed the Blue Stream gas pipeline in the northern part of the Black Sea in the early 2000s.

For the shore crossings, four “micro-tunnels” will be built on both the Russian and the Bulgarian sides of the route, designed to preserve the local coastlines.

Preparations for tunneling operations will start this June with offshore construction to begin in the fall.

Work on the first offshore line will last until summer 2015, followed by commissioning of the first line by the end of 2015.

South Stream Transport has also issued pipe procurements for the second offshore gas line to the Japanese consortium of Marubeni-Itochu and Sumitomo (providing 40%), and Russian fabricators United Metallurgical Co. OMK (35%) and Severstal (25%).

Total value of the contracts is around €800 million ($1.113 billion).

South Stream will feature four parallel offshore pipelines, each more than 930 km (578 mi) long, extending across the Black Sea from the Russian coast to Varna in Bulgaria. Each line will comprise more than 75,000, 12-m (39-ft) pipes.

Partners in South Stream Transport are Gazprom (50%), Eni (20%), Wintershall and EDF (15% each).

03/18/2014

Saipem 7000

Related Articles

Total strikes deal for stakes in UK offshore gas trunklines

Aug 27, 2015 Total has agreed to sell its interests in the FUKA and SIRGE gas pipelines in the UK North Sea and the St. Fergus Gas Terminal north of Aberdeen to North Sea Midstream Partners for £585 million ($9...

Polarled pipelay nears completion point at Aasta Hansteen

Aug 24, 2015

Installation of the Polarled gas pipeline has entered the Arctic Circle, according to operator Statoil.

Martin Linge flow meters to monitor MEG injection

Aug 24, 2015

Litre Meter has supplied 14 displacement flow meters for Total’s Martin Linge field development in the Norwegian North Sea.

Norway approves Johan Sverdrup plans

Aug 21, 2015

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the Phase one plan for development and operation for the Johan Sverdrup oil and gas field in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Operators planning more than 6,500 miles of offshore pipelines through 2019

Aug 19, 2015

Operators and developers are studying, planning, and building just over 6,577 mi (10,582 km) of oil and gas pipelines to bring these supplies from offshore fields to onshore markets.

Trending News

OE 2015: Subsea UK conference to focus on ROV industry challenges

Sep 10, 2015

During the final day of Offshore Europe, Subsea UK’s 2015 ROV Conference will feature advancements in ROV technology and challenges posed by a difficult marketplace.

Offshore photo of the day

FMC Technologies delivers another UHD-III ROV to C-Innovation

Sep 10, 2015

FMC Technologies has delivered its seventh UHD-III ROV to C-Innovation. 

  Offshore
Digital Magazine
Look Inside
Cover
Current Issue
Click to view the Offshore Learning Center

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>