Nord Stream action switches to Finland

Saipem´s pipelay vessel Castoro Sei is resuming work on the Finnish offshore stretch of the Nordstream gas trunkline installation in the Baltic Sea.

Offshore staff

ZUG, Switzerland -- Saipem´s pipelay vessel Castoro Sei is resuming work on the Finnish offshore stretch of the Nordstream gas trunkline installation in the Baltic Sea.

The vessel returns from a period in Russian waters, where it participated in the shore pull of the first pipeline.

It will continue laying of the first pipeline on the seabed in the western part of the Finnish EEZ zone, in an easterly direction between the 451- and 350-km (280- and 217-mi) points.

To date, the Castoro Sei has installed 47 km (29 mi) of the pipeline in the Finnish sector, at a rate of 2.5 km/d (1.55 mi/d). It will continue into early fall for a total of around 100 km (62 mi).

Allseas’ DP pipelay vessel Solitaire will lay the major part of the Finnish offshore pipeline section, covering 230 km (143 mi), from late fall onwards.

The total length of the pipeline in the Finnish EEZ is 375 km (233 mi), in open sea around 30 km from the coastline, in a water depth of roughly 80 m (262 ft).

08/12/2010

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