PAPENDRECHT, The Netherlands -- Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded three contracts totaling $136 million.
Two contracts are for the Nord Stream project, which involves the construction of two 1,220-km (758-mi) gas pipelines from Russia to Northern Germany through the Baltic Sea. Royal Boskalis will prepare the seabed for pipelay over the full distance of the Nord Stream pipelines, and execute the shore approach of the pipelines in Germany.
The contract for the seabed preparation of the double pipeline requires the construction of rock beds and berms using approximately 320,000 metric tons (352,740 tons) of rock to level and stabilize the seabed. The project will be executed in a 50/50 partnership with Tideway and will be completed in 2010.
The contract for the shore approach for the double pipeline in Germany requires the dredging of a 23-km (14-mi) trench for the pipes, a pipe-pull over a distance of approximately 800 m (2,625 ft), and the backfilling of the dredged trench. A 650-m (2,132-ft) cofferdam will be constructed on the waterline to protect the pipeline. The project will be executed in a 50/50 partnership with Rohde Nielsen A/S and will also be completed in 2010.
The third contract comprises the infrastructure, including the shore approach, for an oil pipeline from the Safaniyah offshore field to the mainland of Saudi Arabia. Boskalis will dredge a 7-km (4.3-mi) trench and backfill the trench with sand after completing a pipe-pull. The project will be executed in 2009 for Saudi Aramco.