Pipe fabrication under way for South Stream gas line in Black Sea

Vyksa Steel Works has produced the first section of pipe for the South Stream offshore pipeline.

South Stream offshore pipeline
South Stream offshore pipeline

Offshore staff

MOSCOW – Vyksa Steel Works has produced the first section of pipe for the South Stream offshore pipeline.

Each section will be 12 m (39.3 ft) long, 813 mm (32 in.) in diameter and with a wall thickness of 39 mm (1.5 in.). The pipes will be manufactured from SAWL 450 steel to withstand operating pressure of 28.45 MPa (4,126 psi).

Another Russian yard, Severstal (Izhora Pipe Mill), and Germany’s Europipe are also manufacturing pipe for the first South Stream line.

First consignments will be delivered to ports in Bulgaria early this summer.Saipem is due to start offshore construction in the fall.

Eventually South Stream will comprise four parallelpipelines, each more than 930 km (578 mi) long, taking gas from Russia across the southern part of the Black Sea to countries in southeast Europe.

04/16/2014

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