Following an international tender process, Nord Stream 2 AG has awarded Allseas Group a contract for offshore pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The company will undertake offshore pipelay works for both lines in 2018 and 2019. Allseas will use three pipelaying vessels – Pioneering Spirit, Solitaire and Audacia, to complete the project.
The contract follows the letter of intent agreed between both parties last December. Other tenders, including the near-shore pipelay tenders in Russia and Germany, are ongoing.
“This is another key milestone for Nord Stream 2,” Henning Kothe, Chief Project Officer of Nord Stream 2 AG, said. “I am pleased that we have secured the necessary pipelay capacity for the project in the highly specialised offshore pipelay market. Following the award decisions in 2016 for pipe supply and for coating & logistics, we now have the major contracts in place to complete the project on schedule.”
The Nord Stream 2 project is proceeding as planned, including engineering, procurement, surveys, environmental impact assessments and permitting. Pipe production for the Nord Stream 2 Project is ongoing, with 298 miles of pipe expected to be produced by the end of Q1 2017. The project is expected to be in service in 2019.