ZUG, Switzerland – Allseas’ multi-purpose construction vessel Pioneering Spirit will temporarily suspend pipelay operations for the Nord Stream 2 gas trunkline system in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone.
The vessel is also contracted to install two further platform topsides this year for theJohan Sverdrup field development in the Norwegian North Sea.
ThePioneering Spirit should return to the Baltic Sea around a month from now to continue laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Another short demobilization period is expected later in 2019.
Nord Stream 2’s chief project officer Henning Kothe said: “We have a complex, non-linear schedule for laying the twin Nord Stream 2 pipelines, taking into account the environmental requirements and using a large number of vessels for the implementation of various activities.
“Pipelay works are progressing well and according to schedule. Also, the other construction works are on track to complete the twin pipelines by the end of 2019.”
More than 1,000 personnel are at present working on around 20 vessels on the project in the Baltic Sea. To date more than 800 km (497 mi) of pipes have been laid on the seafloor, following permits granted by Germany, Finland, Sweden, and Russia.